India, Nila House, Shibori Tablecloth
Product name: Shibori Tablecloth
Type of product: Table Linen
Description (story of the item):
The Shibori Tablecloth is made of handwoven linen and dyed with natural indigo. This piece carries an all-over pattern in a combination of diamond and zig-zag lines. The strong graphic pattern was developed in the Nila Studio and is created using a traditional clamp dye technique similar to Japanese Itajime shibori. Following the design development and sampling, the linens were dyed by the expert master dyers from Sidr Craft in Kutch, an independent artisan studio founded by Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri. They currently work with over 200 artisans in the region.
The tablecloth is made of pure linen handwoven at the Kanhirode Weavers Cooperative Society in Kannur, Kerala. Over 400 spinners and weavers, mostly women, are affiliated with the cooperative, which is working to uplift traditional communities of weavers by championing their traditional skills, particularly spinning and weaving. Linen, usually woven on heavy-duty factory machines, changes structure considerably when adapted to handloom. The openness of the weave lends this tablecloth a textured lightness and breathability. It is unusual to see handloom pieces of such wide width being woven on a loom by hand. This takes enormous skill and patience, as the length of time to weave doubles on a 92-inch loom such as the one used for this production.
The final stitching for this set has been done by women from Bagru near Jaipur, who work with Nila's sister organisation LBCT, who work with groups of women, providing up-skilling training to bolster their income opportunities.
Materials: Handwoven Linen
Measurements / size:
Tablecloth - 165 x 255 cm / 64.9 x 100.3 in