Sourcing Handmade Vintage Embroideries –
India is known worldwide for its embroidered textiles. What makes them vintage? Caste determines the pattern of the embroidery and remains unchanged from generation to generation. Vintage embroidery is rooted in an ancient dowry tradition where the wife would bring intricately embroidered pieces woven by neighborhood women into her new home. The embroidery also gives us a window into the self and status of the weaver. Many of the good quality vintage embroidery is sourced from long-married, older women. Nowadays younger women no longer focus on the art of embroidery and instead spend their time getting educated. This combined with the fact that there is no longer a requirement in India to wear a certain kind of embroidery to reflect your caste means that embroidered fabrics are no longer being produced as they have been in the past. This explains why beautiful vintage embroidered fabrics are in high demand.
Hand Woven Fabrics –
In our era of insta-everthing, you’ll definitely feel the spirit of time-honored traditions––sacrifice and patience, skill and beauty––that only comes to the one who waits. To touch the fabric is to feel history. Hand-woven Dobby fabrics go through many stages to achieve their vibrant beauty, geometric patterns and gorgeous texture. Born from natural raw fibers, artisans work their magic by spinning then submerging them into carefully prepared pigments. Once the fiber is dried and spun into skeins, weaving begins on large looms. The warp is threaded and foot pedals are used in concert with wooden shuttles to create wonderfully intricate textures and patterns beyond compare.