Karigar Kala Cotton Curtain
Article Number 17009
Note: The curtain is produced 100% from manual work: the dyeing, weaving and finishing are done by hand. Because this is a handcrafted product, slight irregularities in the weave should not be regarded as defects.
Kala. Old World Cotton
Reanimating the Landscape and Reviving the Craftwork.
Recently, cultivation of kala cotton has begun again in the rural areas, this time using no chemical fertilisers and no irrigation at all. Several organisations provide funding support for the cultivation, processing and distribution: Khamir is one of them. The initiative for the reconstruction of the Kutch region began after the earthquake. Today, it promotes local craftspeople and traditional techniques as well as the ecological cultivation of kala cotton by providing extension services relating to seed, soil-friendly crop rotation, and information on new spinning and weaving technologies. These are essential for making soft weaves from the rather rough fibres of the short staple cotton. Khamir also offers a platform for textile craftspeople at all stages of the process – from cultivation to spinning, dyeing and weaving – to exchange ideas amongst themselves as well as with traders so that they can market their textiles. In this context, contact was made with the Dutch label Karigar, which is committed to preserving old textile techniques and supporting Indian craftspeople – mostly women when it comes to textile craftwork. The first results of this cooperation are these curtains made from kala cotton. They are completely made in Kutch, from start to finish. The yarn is spun by hand on the traditional Indian spinning wheels called charkhas and woven on hand looms. The slightly translucent fabric has a somewhat coarser and slightly irregular appearance. The mottled grey stripe 80 cm wide is produced by using anthracite-coloured cotton yarn in the weft. The curtains are also tailored locally, in Kutch.
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