behind the scenes

textiles collection

Mr Das

The Finder behind the scenes. Click here to view his video.

Assam Region, India

Assam is a state in India's north east. Its capital is Dispur and the state is home to almost 31 million people

Eva

Creates beautiful silk pieces with her family

Finder Mr Das knew the importance of ensuring traditional fabric making skills didn’t disappear from his region in Assam, as it would force families, or their children to move away to be closer to employment. His persistence in reviving and promoting this art form has paid off, in particular with the production of Eri silk, also known as vegan silk or peace silk. Mr Das and his village have been making vegan silk and weaving it into luxurious scarves for a decade now, not only keeping traditional handcrafts alive, but countless Eri silk moths too! 

Eri Silk Moth

The moth is humanely treated, finding its own way out of the cocoon

Silk Cocoons

Beautiful items are made of this amazing natural product

Traditional 

Traditional methods are used to create the beautiful, long lasting silk threads

Looming is a lifelong tradition in Guwahati, in the Assam region in India. It was originally taught to ensure families could make their own clothes and textiles. 

Mostly, the women work the looms whilst the men are working the field. They sit to loom whenever they have spare time, around their other domestic duties. So, when you are a weaver, there is constantly a work in progress.

The Textiles Collection is a range of stunning fine silk scarves, all hand spun from silk, humanely extracted from discarded Eri silk worm cocoons (rather than the worms being destroyed to get to the silk).

Pandmini Das

Artisan Weaver

Renu Das

Artisan Weaver

Subhadra Das

Artisan Weaver

The production cycle is taken care of here in its entirety. From the rearing of the silk moths, the spinning of the silk and the weaving of the beautiful scarves, to using natural vegetable dyes to create stunning colours. A magical experience indeed, where we met so many women Makers creating financial independence for their families, whilst enjoying an idyllic lifestyle in a beautiful part of the world.

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