Each fabric has a story to tell. It can speak of creativity or revolution, innovation or exclusivity, research or sustainability. The art of weft and warp begins with the history of humankind and accompanies his social evolution. After the undiscussed success of industrial materials, attention is now returning to handicraft production born in sophisticated ateliers around the world. A choice in support of a slower life, more respectful of the natural environment.
The Elegance of Cotton
Cotton is a shrub of the Malvaceae family, native to India, the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and the Americas and was imported to Europe by the Arabs. For several years, many countries have been trying to convert crops to organic cotton according to strict procedures and rules with the aim to maintain high quality standards. Currently, the main producers of organic cotton are India, China, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.
Palms and Blankets
Tre Palma is the brand created by Christina Maria Link for the production of elegant and unique textiles made according to the tradition of high fashion. Thanks to a skilful use of high quality fabrics, such as velvet, cashmere, precious wools and alpacas, silks and leather fringes, it manufactures hand-made blankets for beds and sofas. Her creations feature games of colours, thoughts and reminiscences that vitalize the space and furnish it at the same time. An emotional encounter between art and design. https://artemest.com/artisans/tre-palma
The Pezzotto is an exclusively hand-made carpet of peasant origin manufactured in Valtellina for centuries. The Ruffoni Company has been producing them since 1935 and the Dentoo series features traditional designs, such as lozenges and flames, using wool for the weft and cotton for the warp. Suitable for any room in the house. http://www.ruffonipezzotti.it/
The search for harmony
A thousand weavers, twelve islands, a retail gallery in Bali and an online e-commerce. This is the work of the Indonesian-based Thread of Life which, since 1998 has been helping indigenous artisans to develop independent micro economy clusters. In the photo: Tais, sarong woven by Rebeka Mellu on the island of Timor. The stylized drawing of a praying mantis symbolizes the path of the ancestors who are asked for guidance in order to live in harmony. Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest: @threadsoflifebali www.threadsoflife.com
New generation fibers
A fabric made from the fiber of banana leaves. It was made by the Dutch Paulien Nabben who, after studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven, worked in Rwanda to develop independent textile businesses in the country. Ambara is the project name. A concrete answer for sustainable development and the fight against synthetic materials.
The Waffle towels are produced with four harness traditional looms that give the fabric a particular three-dimensional visual impact. They are manufactured by Sabahar, an Ethiopian company committed to preserving ancient craft techniques and hand spinning. All their silk or local linen products are strictly organic.
Gandhi's lesson in mexico
It is also thanks to the Khadi movement, a symbol of national pride and resistance to the exploitation of the British clothing industry, that the Indians achieved their independence in 1947. From India to Mexico, Khadi production continues to be popular thanks to Mark “Marcus” Browne who, following Mahatma Gandhi’s economic model and strategy, set up Khadi Oaxaca in San Sebastian Rio Hondo. The craftsmen still weave organic cotton dyed in natural pigments. In 2015 the Ananda Learning Centre was also founded, a Montessori Method school for children. www.khadioaxaca.com
Protect yourself from the freezing cold of the Atlas Mountains with Batania, a typical Berber wool blanket finished with large pom poms. Today, they have been recreated by L'Aviva Home, a New York-based Product Design studio that has them produced in Marrakesh.
This American brand boasts an international catalogue with exclusive home collections developed thanks to the collaborations with masters and craftsmen from all over the world. They also organize workshops in the artisanal ateliers of their suppliers.
Nanaka Aimara is a Bolivian fabric dating back to the first half of the 19th century. It was restored by the Moshe Tabibnia gallery, an exhibition space in Brera, in the heart of Milan that is also an analysis and restoration laboratory, study centre, library and specialized publishing house. A precious address for lovers of antique fabrics. www.moshetabibnia.com
In her London-based atelier, Maria Sigma gets her inspirations from her Greek roots to create fabrics and furnishing accessories for commercial and residential projects. Her creations are zero impact thanks to the reduction of yarn waste and unnecessary cuts, combined with the use of water and electricity saving machinery. In the photo: Hestia Andros Wall Hanging is the combination of traditional weaving techniques in a contemporary way.
Furoshiki is a multi-purpose square fabric used to carry clothes, gifts, bentō and other goods. In the Nara period it was utilized to store objects in the imperial warehouses. From the Edo period instead, it was used while travelling. Musubi collaborates with many Japanese artisans and every year proposes new models made with cutting-edge materials and dyeing techniques. There is no shortage of workshops to spread the Furoshiki culture around the world. www.musubi-furoshiki.com Facebook: musubi.yamada Instagram: @musubiglobal