Thebvo Ketsü Table Runner and Mat Set by Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Gallery (INDIA)
This design is adpated from the Thebvora, a traditional Naga nettle shawl. Thebvo literally translates to 'nettle' in the language of the Chakhesang Khuzhami tribe.This nettle shawl is increasingly rare, and new ones are reserved for ceremonial occasions. This wear-resistant and waterproof nettle cloth is made of hand spun and hand woven stinging nettle; perfect for the contemporary dining table.
This product is contemporary, and is exclusively co-designed and woven by Leshemi Origins, for ARTISANS' Gallery, to sustain the local tradition of nettle weaving. It is woven by indigenous women of the Chakhesang tribe in remote Naga villages in the mountains of Northeast India, on back strap looms.
The natural black which define the borders of this set, comes from a completely local recipe. Cotton yarn is mordanted in tannin-rich bark (locally sourced from the wild hazelnut, walnut and oak trees) and soaked in iron-rich paddy field clay. The spinning and weaving of stinging nettle is increasingly rare. Stinging nettle is foraged from the wild once a year, in early winter. In a long and laborious process, strips of nettle bast fibre (stripped off the stalks), are retted, dried, thigh-reeled into twine, and hand-spun using a drop spindle. The yarn is then repeatedly soaked in a coarse local rice broth, and sun-dried to bleach and soften the fiber. It is woven on backstrap looms.The flexibility of the portable loom enables women to work from their own home. The fiber-to-fabric journey is entirely local and self-sustaining (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced).
This design incorporates the decorative fishbone embroidery stitch, traditionally used to join two seams. This product however has no seam on the centre.
Care Instructions: Please note that the natural colors of nettle and natural dyed textiles are unique and may vary a bit from item to item. Wash nettle fabrics by hand in cold water, using ecological laundry products. Nettle softens with washing.
Maker: Kekuwe-ü Lomi
Size: Table Runner: 31 cm X 152 cm, Table Mat: 31 cm X 46 cm
Fabric: Hand spun stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica), unbleached cotton and Eri silk blend, naturally dyed black cotton
These items are made to order.
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