If you have been following my posts on facebook, you know I have been also diving a lot into the honesty of the fashion industry, and quite honestly, what I found out was shocking. Now let me be clear; I have spent quite some time in my life to find the best textiles available, and I will be fair that price point was always high on the priority scale...but I can no longer justify this as the best measure for succeeding in my business.
I want my shop to be transparent, more than fair to all those involved and of excellent quality that I personally check. All my fabrics and natural dyes are tested by me and purchased from known sources!
What you wear is how you feel, and when you wear something that you have a relationship with beyond the fibre, it feels so much better. Sounds cheesy? Maybe. Let me introduce you to handwoven textiles and I promise you, you will never look back.
Eeri silk is made from the Eeri silk moth, scientific name "Samia Ricini", which feeds off castor leaves as opposed to mulberry. The silk worms are allowed to leave to cocoon, which means the cocoons are open mouthed and cannot be reeled, but are spun like wool. The filament of the silk is more soft and 'wooly' than regular habotai silk and therefor has better warming qualities, which much fits the cooler climate of the area this silk is being produced.
DekelDyes Eeri silk scarves are 100% peace silk, cruelty free.
The Eeri silk worm is found in the tribal areas of Assam, an Indian state in east India. Growing the worms is a very long process which takes around 45 days in total. The growth of the worm itself takes 30 days during which it is continuously eating the castor leaves from the trees in the villages.
The Eeri silk eco-prints amazing, it takes on colour almost like wool. I do not scour the fabric before, I just use it like it comes. If you'd like to, you can give it a slow wash with some cover dishwashing liquid. This was printed with just pecan tree leaves.
My weavers are a small family business in rural Assam, generations of artisan weavers. They get their silk from the local market and use millspun or a combination of handspun for the weft, and millspun for the warp. Communication is complicated due yo language and internet quality but with lots of smiles and patience on both ends we always manage. We have daily contact about the progress and together we create a basic business plan that can stand up to the expectations of quality and deadlines.
By buying these products and guaranteeing a steady line of orders, they can grow their business and make a better living.
Every step in this process is done by hand;
Setting up the warp;
Knotting the ends and sometimes rolling the fringes at request;
These beauties are still for sale as a limited pre-order while they are being made.
For now with a regular fringe, which is easy to take care of and has proven to stay beautiful over time; wash with Ecover dishwashing soap and rinse with fabric conditioner in the last rinse. After air-drying your fabric; softly brush the fringe with a baby brush and voila!
So are you ready to try textile with a real story?