Trace back: Series no 6000 organic Black Cotton quilts

Iram Ahmed

Trace back: Series no 6000 organic Black Cotton quilts

 

FEATURES:

  • Environmental impact: rain-fed, pesticide-free and synthetic-dye-free organic cotton grown in the deserts of India
  • Social impact: handwoven and upcycled by master craftswomen and men with traditional methods at a rate that they see fit for a happy living!

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MASTER ARTISAN:

  • Series No 6000 is made with organic black cotton grown by the organic cotton farmers in the desert region of India. It is handwoven by master artisans in Gujarat, displaying contemporary cheques, stripes and colours

CRAFT: 

  • Handwoven on a handloom
  • Contemporary patterns as perceived by the master weaver
  • 10-12 hours weaving time 
  • 2-3 hour finishing time
  • Hand stitched by nomadic Rebari women
  • 2-3 days of cutting, pattern making and sewing
  • 4-5 artisan process (warping, weaving and finishing)

COMPOSITION:

  • 100% organic Black Cotton
  • Natural, herbal dyes only

HANDLOOM COTTON CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Very breathable
  • Light weight
  • Soft
  • Softens with use
  • Intricately handwoven nomadic motifs
  • Reversible

HANDLOOM COTTON CARE:

  • Wash in cold water with mild shampoo, hang to dry
  • Do not use hot water or dryer

WHY WE CHOSE IT:

  • Organic Black Cotton - an indigenous variety - grown in the deserts of India is naturally drought and pest-resistant
  • This means that it requires neither excessive water nor pesticides to grow
  • This unique short-staple cotton fell out of commercial use as handlooms got replaced with powerlooms, which work primarily with long-staple cotton
  • However, electricity-free and community-focused handlooms and their masters can weave magic even with a difficult short staple
  • The result is a uniquely textured fabric that is even used as denim once dyed with indigo!
  • The Rebari women's hand stitch is a famous one -- not surprising given the tradition of young Rebari girls hand stitching and embroidering their own clothes from a young age as part of their dowry
  • Ironically, the application of this skill has a taken a 180 degree flip to lead the way to empowerment for Rebari women who now run small independent businesses doing embroidery and hand stitch work for famous brands around the world
  • These quilts are made by Rebari women and are a testament to the sophistication in their hand work 

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