We source two different kinds of Assam silk. Muga silk, also known as ‘the golden fibre’ is a rare form of silk that is unique to Assam. Muga silk is famous for its golden hues and longevity. We also use Eri silk, more famously known as the Ahimsa silk for of its cruelty-free process. Our Assam silk collection, sourced from Fabric Plus in Guwahati, features both fabrics in a brown and white combination.
Kutch Banni Patchwork
This fabric is ‘waste not’ in the true sense! The nomadic herders of the Banni tribe are not inclined to waste any fabric, so all the leftover fabric from the block printing is patched together to make quilts, hangings and sometimes drapes for camels. Our patchwork pieces consist some plain dyed fabric, some block-printed Ajrakh in myriad colours, and some prints on cotton.
The Naga fabric is woven as much with tradition, as it is with yarn. Different Naga tribes have different patterns that are unique to their community. We source our Naga shawls from Chizami Weaves, a North East Network Resource Centre initiative. Starting with just seven weavers in 2008, Chizami Weaves today has 600 women in its network across 14 villages in the Phek district as well as urban settlers in the Kohima district of Nagaland.
Derived from Azrak, which means blue in Arabic, the Ajrakh fabric is traditionally dyed with Indigo along with other colours and enhancers, and then printed on, using wooden blocks. This craft is the livelihood of the semi-nomadic, pastoral tribes of the Banni region in Kutch. Our Ajrakh, sourced fromthe Banni craftsmen, is printed on Mashru Silk - a rare form of silk woven with cotton as the lining.
It might be the oldest fabric known to man, but Linen is definitely one of the most versatile. Our linen, sourced from Bihari craftspeople, has the qualities of ‘the perfect upholstery fabric’ - it is soft, elastic and tensile. The first known use of linen dates back to around 40,000 years ago! The fabric is made from flax fibres that is not only a tensile and versatile fabric, but also rich in nutritional value.
The original Indian rug - Rajasthani dhurries are traditional, strong and versatile! Traditionally woven by nomadic herders, dhurries are used as tapestries, bed covers, upholsteries and of course, floor rugs.Our Dhurries are sourced from the prestigious Jaipur Rugs and are indigo-dyed. We have five different patterns inspired by the Mediterranean, Asian and European landscapes - The Zig-Zag, The Floral, The Maze, Spiral and The Ornate.
The origin of the crewel stitch is just as mysterious as that of its name; some fragments of crewel embroidery dating back to the 1st Century B.C. have been found in North Mongolia. It became prevalent in Britain from the 5th Century A.D. onward and attained the heights of popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries when the East India Company established trade with India and imported stunning crewelwork from Kashmir.
Trios and Quartets of Sihasns for those furnishing their homes from scratch - a special Welcome Home discount for you! :)