jamdani, traditional art of weaving from Dhaka

dhakai jamdani weaving

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.

Technique

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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fair trade bags from handwoven jute: meet the makers

hand weaving jute tangail bangladesh

Our collection of fair trade bags from handwoven jute is growing, as is the group of artisans who make the bags in Bangladesh. They’re becoming more professional over time, and that’s a wonderful thing to see. We’d like to show you who makes our bags and how they are made.

Jute is a beautiful material, often called ‘the golden fibre’. At the same time it’s very strong and environmentally friendly. It grow as a rotation crop in the rice paddies of Bangladesh,

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fair wear friday #4

fair wear friday tulsi crafts tas people tree

Today it’s time for another fair wear friday! The dress I’m wearing here will surely become a favourite, read on to see where I found it.

Once a month I participate in ‘Fair Wear Friday’ on this blog. On the other Fridays I’ll let you know on Instagram how fair my outfit of that day is, so follow us there as well.

It’s very important to me to buy clothes that are made as fair as possible.

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New collection of jute handbags with Tulsi Crafts

fairtrade jute handbags ethical natural

Our new collection of stylish jute handbags is here, we’d love to show them to you.

new weaving pattern

Our partner organisation in Bangladesh has developed a new weaving pattern. We’re very proud of them and would like to show you that jute can not only be used to make boring shopping bags. Though of course these bags are great to bring your shopping home as well!

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indigo scarves shibori silk: meet the makers

indigo shibori silk scarves bangladesh_fairtrade

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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