Putu Handwoven Plant Dyed Checker Scarf - Gratitude
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A two-meter piece of art that’s handwoven for 112 hours with plant-dyed cotton yarn on handloom without the use of electricity. Handmade by mothers with indigenous weaving skills in Pejeng, a small village in Bali. Made with a love story of giving.
We know your friends will be asking so get ready to tell the handcrafting story below.
100% Handloom woven cotton: With the loose weaving of handlooms, this fabric is so breathable that it keeps you cool in summers and warm in winters. Lightweight and velvety soft.
100% plant dyed yarns: Yellows from mango leaf. Olive from mango and strobilanthes cusia leaves. Grays from ketapang leaf. Rust and rose from secang wood.
A Love Story of Giving
Love Stories crafted this color block scarf to give hope. In August 2020, Putu and four other mothers with indigenous weaving skills and age-old weaving tools formed a weaving center at Putu’s house to generate income for their families after they and their husbands lost their jobs due to the pandemic. In three months, they went from five to 25 weavers with seasoned weavers training the novice. Putu, the team leader, gave herself the thrill of weaving this modern colorblock pattern, one that she hasn’t done before. Random positioning of the color blocks was her challenge and “required 1000% patience”, she said. She wanted positive energy to flow while weaving so she selected the best weaving dates based on the Balinese calendar. And the result is groundbreaking!
Indigenous weavers weave magic for this scarf, as they keep the flame of this dying art alive. It takes about two hours for a one-meter strip to be created. Weaving requires the weaver to be strong and use both engineering skills and creativity. Weaving by hand is the interlacing of two sets of yarn - the warp (length) and the weft (width) using a loom - a wooden equipment that facilitates the interlacing without the use of electricity. Weavers inherit the skill from their forefathers and in turn pass it on to their children so weaving can sustain their livelihood.
- Made for longevity so you wear it a lot or share - as scarf, shawl, headscarf, bed runner, bed throw, sofa throw, wall hanger. Feel free, earth-loving, edgy, sexy.
- Featuring: Random colorblock pattern
- Size: Length: 78in * 200cm. Width: 20in * 50cm.
- Care for long-lasting plant-dye: Cold hand wash or machine wash with like colors. Use eco-friendly or gentle detergent. Air dry in the shade or tumble dry low. Dry clean not recommended as natural dyes react to heavy synthetic chemicals. Plant dyed colors will fade if left in the sun for a long time and washed in hot water. Mend when torn.
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Every purchase supports a cause as we share 50% of our net proceeds to the community. Together we help underprivileged children get the quality education they deserve at the eco-school we support in Bali. Learn more about our school mission in the blog.
Handwoven in Bali. Learn more about how artisanal techniques work in our blog.
Aligning with UN SDG Goals
We take pride in contributing to at least six of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; and Goal 15: Life on Land.