Jamdani is a traditional form of weaving that originated in Dhaka. It’s a sheer cotton fabric with vivid patterns woven on a handloom. Unesco recognises jamdani as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Weaving jamdani takes a lot of time, because the motifs are very intricate. Weavers create the motifs directly on the loom using the discontinuous weft technique. This means they insert an extra weft thread to weave the motifs with.
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We only use cruelty free merino wool for our collection of woolen scarves. Unfortunately we know a lot of merino wool is produced under cruel circumstances. Merino sheep in Australia are often mulesed. Let’s explain a bit more about the practice of mulesing and also about how our wool is mulesing-free.
Mulesing is the removing of skin around the buttocks of sheep. Unfortunately this is often done without pain relief measures, so that can be pretty painful for the sheep.
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Are you looking for a vegan handbag? We agree with you that the leather industry is not very sustainable. And why make products from leather when other materials are perfectly suitable as well?
leather industry in Bangladesh
The leather industry can cause tremendous environmental pollution and can be really bad for the health of the people working in it. Children work in the tanneries without protection against the hazardous chemicals that are used in the process.
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Kantha, what is it?
You probably see us writing about kantha a lot on our website, because it’s one of our favourite techniques. It’s also quintessentially Bengali, and a very important part of Bengali culture.
Kantha (ˈkɑːnθə) is a form of embroidery from Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Kantha means ‘patched cloth’ in Sanskrit. Bengali women use their old saris and sew several together with the kantha stitch, a delicate running stitch,
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kantha washing advice
Cotton kantha blankets and scarves can be washed in the washing machine, 30°C delicate cycle.
Silk kantha blankets and scarves are best taken to the dry cleaner. Since many different types of silk are sourced for our products, we can’t guarantee washing will maintain the quality of the silk.
Please don’t put your kantha products in the tumble dryer.
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Indigo, for centuries the only pigment able to dye textiles blue. The blue from jeans and Japanese kimonos. Bengal was one of the biggest indigo producing areas, until the indigo revolt in 1859. Farmers rebelled against exploitation and the invention of synthetic indigo around 1890 led to a sharp decline in the use and cultivation of natural indigo.
The Living Blue cooperative brought the indigo tradition back to life and creates much needed economic activities in the poor Northwest of Bangladesh.
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we love kantha!
Intense colours, handwoven silks, fine embroidery, intricate patterns, cheerful hand block prints, soft cotton.
Tulsi’s partners in Bangladesh buy the most beautiful vintage saris to make them into throws, blankets, scarves and cushions.
The colours lighten up your house and your mood!
All kantha products are made by hand and are one of a kind. Every kantha has stories to tell,
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