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Scarf upcycled silk ikat motif gold with kantha embroidery

Scarf upcycled silk ikat motif gold with kantha embroidery
Scarf upcycled silk ikat motif gold with kantha embroidery
Scarf upcycled silk ikat motif gold with kantha embroidery
€54,00 Incl. tax
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Article number:
HOWS-SJAKAN-IKAT
Delivery time:
Mid-May

Scarf with ikat motif and gold from recycled strips of silk from saris. This scarf has minor signs of wear (not visible at a glance) and is therefore reasonably priced. Read more..

Mid-May
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    Gratis binnen 14 dagen
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    Thuis of bij PostNL locatie
  • Handwerk

    Volledig handgeweven
  • Gratis levering

    Bij bestelling boven € 100

The silk of these scarves comes from worn saris. These are sorted by color and fabric from two different saris are embroidered into one scarf by women in West Bengal with Kantha embroidery.

The regular price of these scarves is 64 euro's. The signs of wear on this discount scarf are so small that they are difficult to find.

Reuse of sarees

Reusing silk sarees is a very old tradition in India. The sari, the national dress of Hindustani women in India, is about 6 meters long. Silk sarees are a precious commodity. They stay in the family for a long time and pass from mother to daughter. But at some point they leave the house. Then the sari is sold to the local "pots and pans woman", or exchanged for cooking utensils.

Sort, wash, iron and forward

Katherine, the founder of the House of Wandering Silk label occasionally visits one of those "pots and pans" woman in Gujarat, North West India. The sarees she selects and buys go to the Delhi studio where they are carefully sorted for matching colors, cut to length and washed and ironed. Then they go to West Bengal, to a cooperative of about 1,400 women who are traditionally Kantha embroideres.

 

Kantha embroiderers in West Bengal

The women in West Bengal stitch the silk strips together: the famous Kantha embroidery. A difficult job because the silk is quite “slippery”. Making each scarf takes about 15 to 30 days, depending on how many hours a day the women work on it. On average they embroider about 3 hours a day.

The maker has embroidered her initials in the corner of each scarf.

Fabric
100 % Silk
Wash
Hand Wash
Dry
Line Dry
Length
210 cm
Width
50 cm
Fabric
100 % Silk
Wash
Hand Wash
Dry
Line Dry
Length
210 cm
Width
50 cm

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