The Artistry of Hand Weaving: How our Blankets are Made.

Botanical Dyeing, Looming, and Hand Weaving
fairly made hand woven blankets
In a world where mass production dominates, there is an extraordinary beauty in a blanket that is meticulously made by hand. We are proud to be able to present a collection of blankets that showcases the artistry and skill of our weavers.

Every single blanket is crafted entirely by hand, a process that takes an average of 2-3 days to complete. This time-intensive approach ensures that each piece receives the utmost care, resulting in a truly exceptional creation. From the initial selection of natural fibers, to the botanical dyeing and hand weaving – each throw reflects the individuality and expertise of its maker, resulting in a unique, durable and timeless piece of art.

Discover the intricate process that blends tradition, sustainability, and craftsmanship.

Step 1: The Natural Dyeing Process

Instead of relying on harsh chemicals, we harness the power of nature with ingredients sourced from leaves, wood, and fruits. The process begins by carefully preparing the dye through boiling these natural elements. The yarn is then gently immersed in the dye bath, allowing it to absorb the rich hues for three to four hours.

After rinsing to remove any excess dye, the yarn is left to dry for a full day. This meticulous dyeing and drying process can take anywhere from one to two days.

Natural dyeing

The advantages of using natural dyes are truly remarkable. Not only do they provide guaranteed and fade-resistant colors, even after washing or prolonged exposure to light, but they also ensure that our throws are hypoallergenic and safe for both children and adults. By preserving traditional dyeing techniques, we not only celebrate our cultural heritage but also contribute to eco-friendly practices that protect the environment.

Step 2: Setting Up The Loom

The loom is the foundation upon which each blanket is created. Setting up the loom is a labor-intensive and meticulous process that requires expertise and precision.

It begins by preparing a weaving chain, which can span from 40 to 100 meters in length. The yarn is carefully wound onto a wooden board at the end of the loom and then between the teeth of the reed (2 threads per tooth or more than 4,500 threads in total). This step requires the collaborative effort of 5 women per loom and must be done with precision.

Step 3: The Art of Weaving

With the loom set up, the artisans begin the traditional weaving process. Using traditional handlooms, they manually throw the shuttle from right to left, crafting intricate patterns and designs with each pass. This meticulous process requires time and patience, with a weaver typically producing only 1-2 meters of fabric per day.

The complexity of the patterns and the design intricacies determine the timeframe required to complete each throw, ranging from 2 to 3 days. In comparison, can produce 4-5 meters per day, however, they cannot replicate the unique character and intricacy of design of hand-woven textiles.

By purchasing a hand woven piece, you become part of a larger narrative that celebrates ancient art forms and the empowerment of women artisans – allowing them to care for themselves and uplift their communities.

Weaving on a traditional wooden loom

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