MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
Also known as Ahimsa Silk or Peace Silk, Eri is the only wildly occurring silk yarn that can be processed without killing the silkworm. It was widely disseminated by Mahatma Gandhi and his followers due to its non-violent origins.
We use hand-spun and handwoven Eri silk created by 7Weaves. Everything is grown, harvested and naturally dyed along the Loharghat Forest Range in the Assamese region of Indo-Burma.
Indigenous communities have been working with silk for centuries and Assam is home to three of the four wild silks existing today. The entire process is handcrafted by high skilled artisans, who can weave only 1.5 m of fabric daily.
Block printing is an ancient printmaking technique, dating back to many centuries ago. In it’s essence, block print is all about stamping lengths of fabric using hand-carved wood blocks.
It was widely spread in Asia and remains being practiced today, especially in Rajasthan, Jaipur being known as home to the world’s finest printers. In order to create a pattern, its design is first transferred and carved on wooden blocks.
After carefully carving, the next step is printing the motifs on the surface, assuring that our colorful dreams will come true. There are a few different techniques that can be used to guarantee the best results.
For our first collection, we are using a method called discharge printing. Since it’s a completely artisanal technique, the fabric will never be exactly the same. Small color variations and imperfections are not just expected but also welcome. After all, that’s what makes our creations so unique.
Khadi is a term used to describe the finest hand-spun and handwoven cotton in India. It is known as a symbol of resistance, popularized by Mahatma Gandhi who called for a boycott of all British textiles, thus transforming the spinning charkha in a national symbol of freedom. Till today, this craft remains in full operation and it can be praised as one of the most sustainable fabrics available.