hand loom

Is an incredibly intricate and time intensive craft.
The majority of hand loom fabrics is entirely woven by hand, thread by thread, on a wooden loom, with no electricity. The design on this Jamdani fabric is inserted by hand with a needle during the weaving process.

fabric being woven on a hand loom

We decided to visit the village in Bengal where the Nomadic Thread Society ♥ ‘Aish scarves and shawls are made. It was an adventure making our way to this remote spot – with no paved roads, no electricity, and hidden in a little jungle. The whole village came out to greet us!

rural weaving village in India

dirt road in india

color therapy

I’m enjoying a sort of visual and cultural sustenance through my travels. It happens that the colors I see in the landscapes and cities I visit quite literally infuse my visual perception – they have a permeating effect on my visual system. I’ve noticed that I choose certain textiles based on specific colors and textures I’ve seen in my surroundings – in sunsets, skies, seas, flowers, rocks, spices, architectural motifs, and on and on..

brilliant orange sunset paired with egg yolk yellow sarong towel

The softer hues can be relaxing, romantic, and evocative in dozens of subtle ways.

hand painted tiles paired with floating scarf

The effects of the more spectacular colors can actually be mood elevating, stimulating. For example, the bright crazy green of the sea color in a cove in Capri makes me instantly elated and gratified.

scarf blowing in wind paired with emerald green water

Often I’ve felt a “brain-washing” effect from such incredibly strong sea colors – an erasing of all thought and clutter – what I experience as color therapy.  I’m thinking this effect may carry over into the textiles in some ways..

fountain with birds perched paired with blu+white tie dye sarong