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#TEXTILEWANDERLUST Series Two #1 // Welcome to our second year of exploring the world through her finest textiles and get ready for a month of deep diving into textile history, techniques & wonder! You may be wondering what it is about textiles that fascinates us? Simply put, they’re bearers of history. Methods of textile production have evolved from ancient times to the present day and reflect the skills and technology mastered, and materials available, to civilisations at any one time. They have touched every aspect of life from birth to death (and beyond!) and every level of society, from the lowliest slave to the queen.
From the earliest days, textiles have been more than functional. They symbolise societal values, religious beliefs and culture; they carry intrinsic, spiritual or symbolic value. Textile production was one of the most labour-intensive industries in antiquity, and as such, textiles were valued as pieces of great wealth, vastly different to our modern Fast Fashion industry where clothing is viewed as disposable and treated as such. Textiles are thus a major component of material culture. They may be viewed as the products of technology, as cultural symbols, as works of art, or as items of trade. The textile arts are a fundamental human activity, expressing symbolically much of what is valuable in any culture. “At House of Wandering Silk, textiles are not just textiles; they’re stories. That’s because our pieces are made by hand from beginning to end, bringing together the skills, traditions and cultures of artisanal communities from across Asia. Each artisan, each place and each technique adds to this story, and we are their story tellers.” This image: Rajasthani women in their full ghagra skirts gather at a market stall in Pushkar.

#textile #textilelove #wanderlust #india #incredibleindia #ihavethisthingfortextiles

From the country which never ceases to inspire. It's not always easy to work and live here, but India is one of the most inspiring places in the world for creatives. #india #incredibleindia #textilewanderlust #inspiration pic from @goodearthindia

Introducing >> Kantha Dune Robes 💕 Our Kantha Dune Robes are made from all-over hand-embroidered kantha on hand woven tussar silk. The kantha, a traditional folk stitch, has been reimagined in a contemporary geometric pattern and colourways.
The fabric is light and soft and has a gentle drape. It is unlined. Our Dune Robes are free-size. Buy online. #kantha #geometric #robe #fairtrade #textilewanderlust

Crafted from a single length of fabric, our signature Dune Robes are designed to showcase our beautiful textiles. In this style, we use kantha - a centuries-old tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags which evolved from the thrift of rural women in the Bengali region of the sub-continent.
To create this robe, wild tussar silk cocoons are gathered from jungles in West Bengal. The cocoons are cleaned, carded, hand spun and hand woven on wooden looms located in the weaver's houses.
The family business we work with buys this fabric in the local market and distributes it amongst the 700 women they employ to stitch the kantha. The kantha is hand-stitched by women whose families have been stitching kantha for generations. To create the fabric used in this robe, it will take one woman 1.5 months. Shop online #kantha #textilewanderlust

Chanderi shibori delivery day! Every day feels like Christmas here with so many beautiful textiles coming in from our artisan partners 🎉 #chanderi #shibori #textilewanderlust

Introducing >> Kantha Dune Robes 💕 Our Kantha Dune Robes are made from all-over hand-embroidered kantha on hand woven tussar silk. The kantha, a traditional folk stitch, has been reimagined in a contemporary geometric pattern and colourways.
The fabric is light and soft and has a gentle drape. It is unlined. Our Dune Robes are free-size. Buy online. #kantha #geometric #robe #fairtrade #textilewanderlust

A sea of Rajasthani skirts. Thank you @ship_at_sea for a beautiful picture! #india #textilewanderlust #wanderlust #rajasthan

This type of embroidery on cashmere in bright colours is inspired by the floral painted paper mache from Kashmir. Pic from @puregheedesigns #kashmir #cashmere #textilewanderlust #embroidery

Loading our linen onto the loom, Bihar. While it's most often men who do the weaving in India, much of the work prior to weaving - the silk cultivation, cotton cleaning, spinning, loading the loom - is done by women. #linen #loom #handmade #textilewanderlust thanks @ruaab_loommool for the photo!

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#TEXTILEWANDERLUST Series Two #1 // Welcome to our second year of exploring the world through her finest textiles and get ready for a month of deep diving into textile history, techniques & wonder! You may be wondering what it is about textiles that fascinates us? Simply put, they’re bearers of history. Methods of textile production have evolved from ancient times to the present day and reflect the skills and technology mastered, and materials available, to civilisations at any one time. They have touched every aspect of life from birth to death (and beyond!) and every level of society, from the lowliest slave to the queen.
From the earliest days, textiles have been more than functional. They symbolise societal values, religious beliefs and culture; they carry intrinsic, spiritual or symbolic value. Textile production was one of the most labour-intensive industries in antiquity, and as such, textiles were valued as pieces of great wealth, vastly different to our modern Fast Fashion industry where clothing is viewed as disposable and treated as such. Textiles are thus a major component of material culture. They may be viewed as the products of technology, as cultural symbols, as works of art, or as items of trade. The textile arts are a fundamental human activity, expressing symbolically much of what is valuable in any culture. “At House of Wandering Silk, textiles are not just textiles; they’re stories. That’s because our pieces are made by hand from beginning to end, bringing together the skills, traditions and cultures of artisanal communities from across Asia. Each artisan, each place and each technique adds to this story, and we are their story tellers.” This image: Rajasthani women in their full ghagra skirts gather at a market stall in Pushkar.

#textile #textilelove #wanderlust #india #incredibleindia #ihavethisthingfortextiles

Did you see our textile tours update? #Repost @retreatrecreate (@get_repost)
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We're so excited about developing future textile tour itineraries! A research trip to Morocco is booked and getting closer every day ... #excitingtimes #retreatrecreate #textiletours #textiletravel #textilewanderlust #ihavethisthingwithtextiles #morocco #fes #marrakech #marrakesh #casablanca

Did you see our textile tours update? MOROCCO is in the planning ... Repost from @retreatrecreate We're so excited about developing future textile tour itineraries! A research trip to Morocco is booked and getting closer every day ... #excitingtimes #retreatrecreate #textiletours #textiletravel #textilewanderlust #ihavethisthingwithtextiles #morocco #fes #marrakech #marrakesh #casablanca

We're so excited about developing future textile tour itineraries! A research trip to Morocco is booked and getting closer every day ... #excitingtimes #retreatrecreate #textiletours #textiletravel #textilewanderlust #ihavethisthingwithtextiles #morocco #fes #marrakech #marrakesh #casablanca

Each layer is prepared, the strings cut to length and positioned. Then the layers are, well, layered, and the finishing is done. #handmade #textilewanderlust #indiangoodscompany

On our recent @retreatrecreate textiles tour our amazing workshop teacher & guide, Sue, took us to Sapa market after our two day workshop. Oh my, what a treasure trove of amazing Hmong and Dao textiles, both old and new. We met Sue's mother and had a wonderful time poring over (and purchasing) all the batiks and embroideries 💙
#retreatrecreate #vietnamtextilestour2017 #hmong #dao #dzao #hmongtextiles #traditionaldress #traditionalcostume #traditionaltextiles

We're back home but still dreaming of our #vietnamtextilestour2017 experiences. Loved this teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall ceramics shop near our Hanoi hotel. It is literally a few shelves carved into the street wall.
#retreatrecreate #textilewanderlust #handicrafts #handcrafts #ceramics #vietnamesehandcrafts #vietnamesehandicrafts #handcraftholidays #crafttours #travelvietnam #hanoi #pottery

New Nakshi Kantha Pop Up just launched - check your inboxes, folks 💕 if you're not a member, you can sign up online! #kantha #textilewanderlust #india #popup

#Repost @retreatrecreate (@get_repost)
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Do you have #textilewanderlust after seeing all our Vietnam Textile Tour photos? Join us this August/September on our #japantextilestour2017 There are only a couple of spots left - check out the website for details! (www.retreatrecreate.com) We'll be exploring saori weaving, shibori, boro, sashiko, indigo dyeing and more 💙

Repost from @retreatrecreate
Do you have #textilewanderlust after seeing all our Vietnam Textile Tour photos? Join us this August/September on our #japantextilestour2017 There are only a couple of spots left - check out the website for details! (Link in profile) We'll be exploring saori weaving, shibori, boro, sashiko, indigo dyeing and more 💙

Do you have #textilewanderlust after seeing all our Vietnam Textile Tour photos? Join us this August/September on our #japantextilestour2017 There are only a couple of spots left - check out the website for details! (Link in profile) We'll be exploring saori weaving, shibori, boro, sashiko, indigo dyeing and more 💙

These horse shoe-shaped things are each one layer in our Sari String Necklaces. Each layer is prepared, the strings cut to length and positioned. Then the layers are, well, layered, and the finishing is done. #handmade #artisanal #textilewanderlust

Sari love. A happy bundle of our upcycled Sari Bead Necklaces comes delivered to us from the workshop with a pink scrap sari bow ❤ did you know we wholesale? We've designed a dozen styles and have hundreds of unique necklaces at any one time. Email for details! #sari #india #madeinindia #textilewanderlust #upcycled #recycled #ecofashion #ethicalfashion #vintage #saree

Did you ever see a group of more gorgeously dressed women? These are the ladies from the LoLo village who so generously gave up their time ( usually spent working in the corn fields) to stitch with us and teach us their beautiful reverse appliqué technique. Such a lovely experience #retreatrecreate #vietnamtextilestour2017 #lolo #ethnicwear #ethnictextiles #traditionaldress #traditionalcostume #traditionaltextiles #traditionalhandcraft #responsibletravel #responsibletourism #sustainabletourism #applique #embroidery #textiles #textileart #textiletours #textiletour #womenstours #womensretreat #womensupportingwomen #ihavethisthingwithtextiles #textilewanderlust #embroiderersofinstagram #quiltersofinstagram #quilting

Repost from @retreatrecreate
Unbelievably skilled batik work at the women's textile co-op in northern Vietnam 💙Loving our @retreatrecreate textiles tour itinerary.
#vietnamtextilestour2017 #retreatrecreate #vietnamesetextiles #vietnam #hmongtextiles #batik #indigo #naturaldyeing

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