Fabric and Artisans
Fabric and Artisans
We, at Sihasn, are committed to reviving interest in the weaving, dyeing and embroidering communities across India. With our furniture, we hope to bring vibrancy, life and culture in equal measure to your home! Know more about where our fabrics come from.
The penchant of Sultans and Maharajas, Mysore Silk is the famous and beloved glimmering crepe fabric of South India. It owes its origins to Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, who dispatched delegates to China and Bengal in the early 1780s to source silk cocoons. Since then, and subsequently, under the patronage of the Wodeyar Maharajas, sericulture has been a major industry in South India. Ramanagaram today is the largest cocoon market in all of Asia!
Shaggy-the Carbon Free Upholstery for Your Office
Shaggy infuses all the things we love into cold, boring office spaces – into the air-conditioned, white-lit, over-caffeinated lives of those shackled to their desk-jobs and glued to their computer screens. A tactile, fluffy upholstery lovingly knotted together by the women of The Stitching Project, Shaggy is The Dream upholstery those fidgety folks who want an alternative to thumbing through Insta on their mobile phones when they’re bored or in need of a healthy break from their laptops.
Brocade in India has its longest and strongest traditions in Benaras and Kanchipuram. Benaras has been a global centre for trade, textile production, and weaving since the 17th century, at a time when silks, brocaded textiles, and other luxurious fabrics were in high demand in the Mughal courts, and when trade and exchange with Central Asia were flourishing. Consequently, many motifs used are geometric and floral designs having Persian and Ottoman origins.
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.
West Bengal Kantha
Our Kantha was embroidered by none other than the eminent Master Craftswoman, Takdira Begum, herself. She was conferred the Shilp Guru National Award by the President of India in 2009, an award presented to a very select cadre of craftspeople in India whose contributions to art forms are invaluable services to the nation. The precise symmetry and standardized stitch-count she has employed across the fabric is nothing short of an artistic feat.
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.
Aligned with India’s surprisingly rich history of recycling, we source our fabric from Bhagalpur, Bihar. Our artisans from the textile hubs of Bihar, weave their magic with the fabric waste of the world. Out of two different kinds of yarn, our products are upholstered with ChoCho yarn woven onto tough linen and cotton mixed fabric.
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.
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 from the Banni craftsmen, is printed on Mashru Silk - a rare form of silk woven with cotton as the lining.
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.
It might be the oldest fabric known to man, but Linen is definitely one of the most versatile. Our linen, sourced from Bhagalpur craftspeople in Bihar, 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.
Assam Silk- Cotton
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.
Watch our Artists in Action
A Naga Craftswoman from the Chizami Weaves weaving a beautiful shawl
An Assamese Craftswoman from Fabric Plus creating the wonderful white eri silk
A Kutch Craftsman from the Banni Tribe block printing our Ajrakh prints