India, Leshemi Origins | ARTISANS' Sustainable Development Foundation, Thebvo Table Runner and Table Mat Set
Product name: Thebvo Table Runner and Table 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 classic Chakhesang Naga nettle shawl - and a hallmark of the timeless and self-sustaining Naga lifestyle. Thebvo literally means 'nettle' in the language of the Chakhesang Khuzhami tribe. This is made of handpicked, hand spun and hand woven stinging nettle, a wear-resistant and waterproof cloth that is perfect for the contemporary dining table.
This design is true to the original strip-woven Thebvora, but adapted for a contemporary dining table.
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 soaked in a coarse local rice broth, which naturally bleaches and softens the fibre. It is repeatedly soaked and sun-dried until the desired colour is attained. It is woven on back strap looms. The flexibility of the portable loom enables women to work from home.
The minimal black stripe, a key design element is retained for its restrained aesthetic and unique identity. 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.
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 textiles are unique and may vary a bit from item to item.
Materials: Hand spun stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica), cotton, and 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)