India,Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Sustainable Development Foundation, Weaving
ARTISANS’ Sustainable Development Foundation is a social enterprise that aims to revitalize and sustain India’s unique craft and cultural traditions through initiatives that support creative livelihoods and sustainable development, and inspire consumer consciousness.
Nettle grows tall in the mountain forests of Nagaland. It is foraged from the wild annually, when the shoots are almost three meters tall. The process of taming stinging nettle into cloth, soft enough to be worn, is local and entirely self-sustaining.
ARTISANS' has adapted the traditional nettle shawl (Thebvora) of the Chakhesang people of Nagaland for new markets, and co-designs products with the weavers to provide supplementary craft livelihoods. The adapted products are constrained in size by the width of a backstop loom. They reference traditional designs, and have been created in a co-operative and consultative way.
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