Friday, 27. September 2013 12:51
Beautiful Silks is proud to have been associated with the Textile Fibre Forum since Janet last saw Elvis, and gee that’s a long time ago. This is our 12th year and we’re out to delight you. We’ve found a fair trade weaving village in tribal Bihar, arguably India’s poorest state, which produces the most amazing natural water rhetted linen tea towels, these are hand printed and gift tagged with natural silk paper gift card. This gift pack is on the shopping cart now – see it here…and available for purchase at $55.00 each. Alternatively, you can try making this yourself – our kits are $27.50 each.
Also from the same weaving co-op water reheated linen scrim scarves for summer. Naturally coloured, our supplier swears on his family’s collective ashes that the loom used to weave these has been in his family since Moghul times – that’s over 400 years ago. Millions of handlooms across India are engaged in weaving cotton, silk and other natural fibbers – they are so much a part of Indian culture that there are specific acts of Parliament declaring that some items can only be woven on hand looms not power looms and requiring registration of hand looms as historic artefacts. . There is hardly a village where weavers do not exist, each weaving out the traditional beauty of India’s own precious heritage.
We have located some raw silk handspun fibre from a spinning cooperative in India, produced on registered historic hand looms, this is a product which is grown and harvested in natural forest reserves, washed, and spun from unscoured Tussah silk fibre. these are the most eco-friendly product imaginable: no electricity to produce carbon waste, no chemical pollution, no noise.
We are trading all days of the forum except Monday from 2pm, in a classroom adjacent to Darling Hall. Marion’s mobile is 0412742147.