Deep Indigo Shawl

indigo cotton shawl scarf laos
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Deep Indigo Shawl

38.00

Hand-spun, natural hand-dyed, and handwoven indigenous cotton from the Phu Tai of Savannakhet Province, Laos.

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Color: solid deep indigo

Ethnic Group/Region: Phu Tai of Savannakhet    

Size: 80" x 26.5"

Material + Technique: Hand-spun, natural hand-dyed, and handwoven indigenous cotton

Artisan Enterprise: Houey Hong Vocational Training Center, Vientiane, Laos

Care: Gentle wash or hand wash in cold water with mild soap. Do not soak. Line dry or tumble dry low. Iron as needed.

MAKING COLOR & DYEING TEXTILES

In the video above go behind the scenes with Yo and Nyai, natural dyeing experts and patient teachers in showing the alchemy involved in transforming jackfruit wood, marigold, indigo, and stick lac to make delightful yellows, blues, and reds. Then Bibi and Hammy show how to dye silk scarves in shibori designs.

In returning to Laos in February 2017, I wanted to learn more about the various traditional weaving techniques and how indigenous plants make such natural colors for dyeing textiles. I discovered this and more, at a lively, tucked-away place on the outskirts of Vientiane called Houey Hong Vocational Training Center.

Our Deep Indigo Shawls were sourced from Houey Hong, made by weavers and dyers who trained there.

Read the full blog here: MAKING COLOR, WEAVING THREADS, AND DYEING TEXTILES