traditional craft
contemporary weaving

 
 
 
 

Each thread is calculated to bend over and under one another, creating the structural bonds that form our fabrics.  Observing that within these bends of interwoven lines, lays the potential for delicate pattern work.

 
 
 
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All yarns are respectfully chosen

With a priority to source local and trusted organic/fair trade yarns.

 
Muga Silk for handweaving
 
 

Special colours are hand dyed

Foraged wild flowers and plant extracts are used for small batch dyeing.

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Other sources of natural colour are inherent to the fibre or fleece.

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Sometimes I use a low impact synthetic dye to acquire saturated colours.

Other times I use commercially dyed yarns that have been dyed in accordance to the Global Organic Textile Standard Act.

 
 

While much of the design process is planned out ahead, when it comes to the weaving there are many aspects that can only be adjusted at the loom.

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To get a textile just right, it may be woven and un-woven (dozens of times).  This might include completely rethreading/calculating to alter patterns or change the tension.

If the cloth is not perfectly pleasing to my eye, I will re-make it.

 
 

Every piece is woven by hand
and treadled by foot.

 
 

After the textile is completely woven, it is removed from the loom.

Each piece is finished with a hand twisted fringe or stitch, where it is then washed, dried either in the sun or by the fire, and then it is pressed.

Handwoven Scarf organic cotton dani ortman
 
 
 
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