Image: RANG-49 Scarf by Injiri, India
There's no denying it, the weather has certainly taken a colder turn in the past couple of weeks. It's time to put those hats, scarves and gloves firmly back into circulation. We've rounded up some of our favourite scarves from the Selvedge World Fair 2021 to provide some inspiration for your winter outfits.
This woolen shawl is handwoven by Khamir Craft Society using the ancient Tangaliya or Daana weaving technique. This intricate process of twisting extra weft while weaving creates beautiful geometrical patterns and motifs such as peacocks and flowers. The essence of this weaving technique is the compositions created by colourful dots, which are simultaneously created on both the sides of the fabric. Before being woven and stitched into the final product, the yarn was handspun and hand dyed, thereby sustaining the once traditional and almost extinct skills of natural dyeing and hand spinning.
This scarf is a celebration of timeless Jamdani motif, Sishumi, which means 'flower'. A contemporary take on the classical, it focuses on irregular placements and playful settings, taking tradition into the future. Finely woven using hand spun cotton in the weft, the fabric is both soft and translucent, further enhancing its traditional theme. This time and skill intensive stole takes the artisan community at Karomi Crafts and Textiles approximately 35 to 40 days to make.
A hub for weaving and dyeing, Vankar Vishram Valji Weaving is one of the most beloved spots to observe India’s artisanal history and talent. Led by the master weaver, Vankar Shamji Vishram, it has become one of the most successful weaving centers with his artistry used all over India. Find out more about their community of weavers in this article published in Selvedge.
Named after the native bird from Loharghat, Bali Mahi is a classic stole woven with blocks of black and grey on varying density of undyed natural eri silk yarn with its criss-cross lines breaking the monotony. The scarf is hand spun and intricately woven by artisans of indigenous commmunities of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot who are members of 7WEAVES Social. The region is home to some of the world’s most beautiful wild silks and natural dyes. Here, every household of the indigenous Assamese Rabha community have traditional skills across the Eri silk value chain, cocoon rearing, yarn spinning, natural colour dyeing, and handloom weaving with traditional structures for hundreds of years for their own.
The Tokora scarf is elegant in its simplicity of naturally dyed black from jaggery and iron and undyed eri silk with a beautiful texture created by plain weave, twill weave and an extra weft with varying density and thickness of yarn. Each of these stoles is lovingly hand spun and woven over 23 days by 7WEAVES Social, bringing to you a truly timeless heirloom piece.
Shaivyya Gupta creates small batch hand block printed textiles using upcycled old wooden blocks and the pigment method of printing. The Chandpole Scarf pays tribute to the intricacies of the architecture in Rajasthan. It is her interpretation of fresco and ceilings details of historical monuments and palaces in a vivid Technicolor palette, with central plaid pattern framed by rows and rows of curlicue borders.
Handwork Studio is built on collaborative creative energy along with a deep respect for traditional cultures and knowledge. They collaborate with artisans and their unique traditional working practices, like hand block printing and natural dyeing, to develop textiles with a contemporary design aesthetic. This scarf is created using resist hand block technique printed on soft, lightweight cotton dyed with natural indigo.
Available in several vivid colours, the SIDR Craft Rosy stole scarves celebrate the range of fold techniques and abstract designs created using the clamp dye method.
In a world flooded with fast fashion clothing that is discarded as quickly as it is purchased, Aeshaane invites you to slow down and cherish garments that are made slowly and deliberately by artisans. The 'Amalgamation' scarf celebrates the geometrical shapes that are build up the design, broken up with solid blocks of vermillion.
View all scarves created by artisans from the Selvedge World Fair 2021 here.