Karigar Cushion Cover Hand-Woven
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Fine Merino Wool. Hand-Woven.
Karigar is the Hindi word for "artisan". There could hardly be a more appropriate name for these rugs and cushion covers which are the result of a complex production process involving numerous artisans and craftswomen. In India's textile producing regions, every village traditionally specialises in one particular stage of production – be it wool spinning, dyeing, weaving or embroidery. Each fabric, including these rugs and cushions, passes not only through numerous hands but also through several Indian villages and optimal use is made of the workers' skills. Besides, the women do not have to walk for miles every day to reach the production sites. They can stay with their families and work from home.
Dutch Design – Indian Craftsmanship: Karigar.
At Karigar, the designs of Dutch designer Jolijn Fiddelaers blend with India's textile tradition: Karigar’s textile goods are produced in India and Indian weaving techniques play a key role in the design. The still fledgeling Amsterdam-based company focuses on the use of high-grade materials and craftsmanship, combined with a mission to pay the Indian weavers fair wages. In India, the textile production traditionally lies in the hands of women, and Karigar’s fair wages make a contribution to secure their long-term livelihood.
Balancing all of these objectives requires considerable effort and dedication. Karigar staffers visit the production sites regularly and stay in close contact with the women. For Jolijn Fiddelaers, textile designer at Karigar, it is essential to work with the weavers on the designs; together they create a synergy of current knowledge and traditional techniques and patterns: material, design and production are coordinated on site, and materials can be inspected and tested at any time.
Raw materials, merino wool, cotton, and nettle bast fibres, are procured from traditional sources: Merino wool, for example, comes from Australian sheep which were introduced to Uttarakhand years ago and now live and graze high up in the Himalayan Mountains (where pesticides and feed supplements are unknown and would be unaffordable anyway). Their wool feels slightly coarser than the Australian variety as a result of the rough climate and fodder. The cotton and nettle plants are grown without the use of chemicals.
Article Number 16672
Front 100% pure new wool, hand-spun and woven. Fabric weight 90 g/m². Yarn count of warp 48/2 and weft Nm 12/4. The reverse side is made of 100% cotton, natural coloured. Fabric weight 165 g/m². Yarn count of warp 30 Nm, weft 32 Nm. Hand wash at 30 °C, pull into shape after wash. Not suitable for tumble drying.
Note: Please bear in mind that the cushion covers have been hand-made; irregularities in weave and size are hallmarks of the craftsmanship and should not be considered defects.
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