We partnered with Loom To Luxury to design their Collection 3 silk fabrics, hand-woven by women in Varanasi, India. The collaboration aimed to bring the 500-year old silk hand-loom weaving technique to New York to highlight and support local artisans and their craft.
We also worked with Nest, a nonprofit organization committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworks, to ensure that Loom to Luxury's beautiful textile could find a place in the global market.
In April 2017, Nest hosted an event at Goldbar in New York to recognize the long relationship between handloom weaving and the sari, where influencers such as Sarah Slutsky, Lauren Hurst, and Negar Mohammadi donned saris.
Commonly known as Benaras, Varanasi dates back to the 14th century when intricate brocades made with silver and gold threads became the specialty of the region.
When the design is received, it is drawn onto a dull-scale graph. This is used to set up the loom correctly. Then, punch card are created. These are small pieces of cardboard later sewn together and fed into the loom machine. The punch cards create the pattern that will be woven.
While the punch cards are being created, the silk yarns are dyed and dried. After all yarns are dyed, they are strung onto a warp. The dyed silk comes in hanks and is untangled in preparation for threading onto bobbins. The work of spinning the yarns onto bobbins is completed by the women.
The loom is then set up with the threads, and the punch cards are mounted onto a mechanical jacquard machine, the most complicated type of weaving.
Depending on the complexity of and design of the fabric, some fabrics may take longer than others to weave. The entire process takes 10 weeks to complete.
Learn more about Loom To Luxury, their mission, their textile offering, and more at www.loomtoluxury.com
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