It’s your last chance to enter our exclusive competitions from Selvedge Issue 100 Anniversary. Win one of the following prizes!
Kathryn Davey runs a natural dye studio on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland. Using pure plant extracts & traditional natural dyeing techniques, Kathryn hand-dyes a range of homewares and accessories including linen cushions, throws, tablecloths and napkins along with accessories such as scarves and bags, wool hats and socks. Kathryn collaborates with craftspeople in Ireland to create her products and has recently started working with retired women in her community.
For her newest range, Kathryn has sourced alpaca from a local farm to create a line of luxuriously soft handcrafted accessories. By combining ethically sourced animal fibres with a soothing palette of plant dyes, Kathryn creates products that celebrate the rich textile heritage of Ireland. The gift bundle includes a selection of hand-dyed, hand-knit pure wool socks and a hat in a warm palette of natural colours. Worth £300.
Read more about Kathryn’s work in the article Mother Earth: Kathryn Davey goes back to her roots in Issue 100 Anniversary.
For 50 years, Manos del Uruguay has worked with hundreds of independent craftswomen all over the country to dignify the value of traditional craftsmanship and enhance talents in different techniques and trades. Products include handmade artisanal yarns, shawls, throws and ceramics.
Hand knitted using traditional skills, the Camel Throw is made of extra fine camelid with a touch of linen and viscose. There is more than 15 hours of work in this piece, reflected in each meticulous, hand-finished detail. This dedication expresses a natural deep connection between the artisans and each handmade item. The Camel Throw (89cm x 216cm) can be used to create warmth at home or in public as an extra long shawl. Worth $250.
Behind the Hill is a textile company based in Brooklyn, NY. Using a variety of wild heirloom cottons in shades of pink, terracotta, green, beige and white they create unique and contemporary pieces for home decor using no fabric dyes whatsoever.
They partner with three communities in Central America who grow, spin, and weave naturally tinted cotton the same way it has been done for centuries to create collections which depend on harvests, not on trends.
This Desert Cotton throw is inspired by the colors of the Guatemalan earthy landscapes. It is hand-woven on a backstrap loom by Mayan weavers using a naturally brown cotton called Ixcaco. For the Mayans, the brown cotton is described as “k’o reumeq’enal” which means that it is loaded with the warmth of the sun. Delicate, hand-stitched details and soft stripes make this a special piece that would complement any home. We have one Desert Cotton throw to give away (130cm x 200cm), worth US$340.
Visit our competitions page to find out more about entering. Competitions must close 15 June 2021.