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 A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLING OF OUR PRODUCTS

Our collection is carefully curated to reflect the diversity of materials and textures and astounding artisinal skills. All are hand-made. Many young artisans, inspired both by tradition and innovation have taken their craft to new heights. Many of these textiles tell their stories. Please browse the selection of products below. Click on product titles for a larger image. If you like what you see, drop us a line here

This scarf was designed by Aparupa Ghosh owner of Studio Syu in Kolkata India. Small and beautiful, it makes a stunning accessory or the perfect gift for the holidays.  It was block-printed by Pulok Das, a block-printer from rural West Bengal.

Small and beautiful, these hand-painted 100% silk scarves were designed by Aparupa Ghosh, owner of Studio Syu in Kolkata. These scarves make stunning accessories and perfect gifts for the holidays. The hand-painting is courtsey of Pulok Das, from rural West Bengal.

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Beautifully concieved with the juxatopistion of several colors in a gemotric design, this "Colour Theory" stole was designed by Aparupa Ghosh, a talented textile designer and owner of Studio Syu.  It was block-printed by hand by Pulok Das, a block printer from Rural West Bengal. The stole measures approximately 78" x 22". 

Two layers of vintage sari fabric were stitched together using the very fine embroidery "kantha" stitch to make this scarf. The hand-work was done by a women's co-operative in West Bengal. These scarves are sourced from the House of Wandering Silk, a New Delhi-based social enterprise. Their work with the women's co-operative guarantees regular employment and provides a safe and flexible work environment for the women artisans. The initials of the artisan are embroidered in a corner of the scarf.

This scarf is made from 100% silk recycled sari fabric. Two layers of sari fabric are stiched together using very fine "kantha" embroidery by a women's co-operative in West Bengal. The handwork is done by women from marginalized communities who are paid living wages and provided regular employment and a safe and flexible work environment. The scarves are sourced from House of Wandering Silk, a social enterprise based in New Delhi that works directly with the women kantha artisans. The initials of the artisan are embroidered into a corner of the scarf.

This scarf was designed by Aparupa Ghosh, Kolkata-based textile designer and owner of Studio Syu. It is hand-block-printed by Pulok Das, a block-printer from rural West Bengal. Small and beautiful, the scarf makes a stunning accessory and perfect gift for the holidays. It is 100% silk and measures 60" x 12" approximately.

UPCYCLED SIX-STRAND SARI NECKLACES (MANY OTHER COLORS AVAILABLE).

Wooden prayer beads are covered in upcycled silk sari fabric remnants and hand-finished with bright cotton thread after each bead. The necklace has six strands with open ties so it can be worn at any length.  The handwork is done by men and women from marginalized communities in India. The necklace has been sourced from the House of Wandering Silk, a social enterprise based in New Delhi.

HAPPY HIPPIE MAKE-UP POUCH (MORE COLORS AVAILABLE)

This make-up bag can double as a small clutch and makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. These pouches are made with sheep's wool from Ayacucho in the south-central Andes of Peru. The bags feature a cheerful hippie vibe with colorful woven stripes or solid brightss, pom-pom accents and a brightly colored contrasting  zipper close. It has a cotton lining.
It measures approximately 7-8" x 5.75" and is the perfect size for your cellphone, keys and makeup.

CENTRAL HIMALAYAN NATURALLY-DYED WOOLEN STOLES

These stoles are hand-dyed and hand-woven by local dyers and weavers using local natural dyes found in the Central Himalalayn region where the social enterprise Himalayan Weavers is based. These stoles are sourced directly from Himalayan Weavers, which uses sustainable methods to produce its stoles, scarves and shawls and provides fair wages and regular employment to local dyers and weaavers.

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These shawls are designed by the New Delhi-based of Wandering Silk and meticulously embroidered by rural women artisans in West Bengal. They are made from the most gorgeous vintage silk sarees - stitched together using the running kantha stitch. They measure about 80" by about 40"

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This silk stole was designed and hand-dyed by master artisan Khatri Alimammad Isha and tied by hand by women artisans in the Kuchchh region of India which has a rich textile heritage.  Alimammad Isha's work is well-known in India and ahas been shown in several parts of the world. The stole measures approximately 78" x 22"

Another "Color Theory" stole from Aparupa Ghosh a talented textile designer and owner of Calcutta-based Studio Syu.  The stole is made of silk and is block-printed by hand by Pulok Das, a block printer from rural West Bengal.  The stole measures approximately 78" x 22". 

Shibori is the Japanese art of resist-dyeing using stiching, tyeing, binding, clamping and pole-wrapping to achieve a variety of patterns. Khatri Alimammad Isha, a traditional bandhani (tie-dye) master artisan, was introduced to shibori in Japan, and has since incorporated it in his work - an example of how traidtional artisans are innovating their craft to suit changing tastes.

Another beautiful design by Khatri Alimammad Isha. It was dyed by hand and bound using the bandhani style, a tie-dye technique unique to India. Alimammad Isha is a master bandhani artisan from Bhuj in Kutch. His work, and this particular design is featured in the book "Shifting Sands" a book about the textile tradtiion in Kutch, written by well-known designer Archana Shah. The stole silk and measures 78" x 22" approximately

This stole is made by women artisans of the Mura Collective in a an "urban village pocket" of New Delhi.  This  stole is made using the Arashi Shibori technique which involves wrapping the fabric around a pole (or pipe) and binding it before dyeing. This stole is 100% silk and dyed by hand using indigo (a natural dye).

This stole was designed by Meera Mehta, a Mumbai-based designer and weaver and handwoven by a weaver in rural Central India. Love it's eye-catching colors? Meera is masterful at the use of color and gradation and creates beautfiul pieces. This stole is approximately 78" x 35" 

Designed by Calcutta-based Maku textiles, this stole is handwoven in very fine handspun cotton (khadi) and has a 1000 small motifs created by the weaver directly on the loom. This style of weaving is known as "jamdani" and is a traditional weave found in West Bengal and Bangla Desh.  It is natrually dyed in indigo and handwoven by weavers in rural West Bengal. It is soft and playful, with pom-poms around the edges.

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Designed by Mumbai-based designer Meera Mehta, this wrap is woven using the ikat design, a complex design where the yarn is dyed and bound before being woven on the loom. Here the designer creates a modern, near-geometric pattern from a traditional ikat design, re-imagining it for a modern look. The wrap is 100% silk and was woven in rural India. 

 

WOOL SCARVES FROM THE CENTRAL HIMALAYAS

These scarves are designed by Himayan Weavers, a social enterprise based in the Central Himalayas and handwoven by local weavers and hand-dyed using locally available natural dyes.

This stole is naturally hand-dyed  and handwoven by local weavers  The stole is designed  by Avani, a social enterprise and weavers collective based in the Himalayas. 

This stole is designed by Himalayan Weavers, a social enterprise based in the Central Himalays. It is made with a mix of Merino wool and eri (peace) silk dyed using harada (myrobolan) a local fruit. Eri silk is also known as "peace" silk because the pupa is not destroyed when the silk is made.

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