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An extension of the print magazine’s tone of respect, intelligence and joy in the world of textiles, our blog is a daily contribution to the Selvedge conversation. Featuring exhibitions, people, adventures and opinion, the Selvedge blog is not only a meeting point for the Selvedge community but also an entry point into the world of textiles for those looking for an original and broadening perspective.

On Sewing Kits

On Sewing Kits

Our founder, Polly Leonard, was featured on Liberty London's blog this month: "A sewing kit, once an essential item in every home, was until recently an often-overlooked novelty supplied as a freebie in better hotel bathrooms. With the recent kickback against fast fashion, these miniature treasure chests are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Perfect for reattaching a button, repairing a fallen hem or darning a sweater before a broken stitch runs, they can increase the lifespan of a garment immeasurably – preventing a much-worn piece from going into landfill and preserving it to be loved by future generations. "These...

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12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 12 Alabama Chanin

12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 12 Alabama Chanin

It's the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Competition but we have saved a great prize for the end! Founder of Alabama Chanin, designer Natalie Chanin, constructs rich pieces from the most basic of materials - cotton jersey. Its movement and ease make jersey 'the perfect modern fabric' to Chanin, a former costume designer, who began working with it eight years ago to create new garments from old T-shirts. “I liked its feel, the way it looked, the way it came together,” she recalls. In her refined approach to jersey, Chanin also honours the textile traditions of her...

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12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 11 Epice

12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 11 Epice

Soft, luminous Epice scarves are the epitome of elegance. Launched in 1999 by Danish designers Bess Nielsen and Jan Machenhauer, Epice captures the quintessence of textile arts: refined weavings, bold and poetic designs, vibrant colours and exquisite craftsmanship. Designed in Copenhagen, woven, dyed and printed by hand in India, the stylish stoles are works of art. Unlike fast fashion and mass-produced garments, the Epice founders promote ‘slow’ handcrafted textiles and have a commitment to fair trade. They select fine materials such as wool, cashmere, silk, cotton and linen that best emphasize their designs and meet their business ethics. The two...

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12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 10 Khadi & Co

12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 10 Khadi & Co

When she founded Khadi & Co in 2004, Danish designer Bess Nielsen wished to convey the true spirit of khadi, and promote the remarkable skills of Indian weavers. She first travelled to India in 1976, when she was working as a freelance stylist in the fashion industry. She felt at home immediately, fascinated by a culture where textiles played a vital role in everyday life. She met with textile artisans, weavers and embroiderers, and discovered khadi... Nielsen describes herself as a pioneer who introduced khadi to France. She was indeed the first foreign designer to export; 'It took me ten years,...

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12 Days Of Christmas Competition - No. 9 Växbo Lin

12 Days Of Christmas Competition - No. 9 Växbo Lin

For centuries, one little village in Sweden was known as the world’s largest producer of linen. Not far from the town of Bollnäs, Växbo Mill was built in 1869, although it is likely that others preceded it. Here it continued to be used by locals until the 1950s when it was abandoned, until one man by the name of Rolf Åkerlund decided to bring the past back to life in 1985 by restoring the entire property. Little did he know, despite the demand for Swedish linen about to wane due to an increasing number of cheaper, offshore producers, he lay the foundation...

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