India, Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Sustainable Development Foundation, Thebvo Ketsü Table Runner and Mat Set
Product name: Thebvo Ketsü Table Runner and Mat Set
Type of product: Set of 1 Table Runner and 4 Table Mats
Description (story of the item):
This design is adapted from the Thebvora, a traditional Naga nettle shawl. Thebvo literally means 'nettle' in the language of the Chakhesang Khuzhami tribe. The nettle shawl is increasingly rare, and new ones are reserved for ceremonial occasions. The wear-resistant and waterproof nettle cloth is made of hand spun and hand woven stinging nettle; perfect for the contemporary dining table.
The natural black dye is a completely local recipe: the cotton yarn is dyed with a mordant of tannin-rich bark (locally sourced from the wild hazelnut, walnut and oak trees), which is then soaked in iron-rich paddy field clay.
Stinging nettle is foraged from the wild once a year, in early winter. In a long and labourious process, strips of nettle 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 fibre. It is woven on back strap looms.
The flexibility of the portable loom enables women to work from home. The fibre-to-fabric journey is entirely local and zero-carbon-footprint (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced).
This design incorporates a decorative fishbone embroidery stitch, traditionally used to join two seams.
This set is co-designed and woven by indigenous women of the Chakhesang tribe in Nagaland, Northeast India, exclusively for ARTISANS’ Gallery.
Care instructions: Dry clean only
Disclaimer: Please note that the natural colours of nettle and natural dyed textiles are unique and may vary a bit from item to item.
Materials: Hand spun stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica), cotton, natural dyed black cotton
Measurements / size: Table Runner: 31 cm X 152 cm, Table Mat: 31 cm X 46 cm
Availability / stock level: On order (Dispatch time is 70 days)