The Shibori napkins are an expression of Nila’s love for this tie dye technique in natural indigo. The napkins carry an all-over pattern in a combination of diamond and zig-zag lines. The strong graphic pattern is created using a traditional clamp dye technique that is the Indian iteration of Japanese Itajime Shibori. Nila have worked with the expert dyers from Sidr Craft in Kutch, an independent artisan studio founded by Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri. They currently work with over 200 artisans in the region.
The napkins are made of pure linen handwoven and hand-finished with mitred corners by women artisans at the Kanhirode Weavers Cooperative Society in Kannur, Kerala. Over 400 spinner and weavers are affiliated with the cooperative, which is working to uplift traditional communities of weavers by championing their traditional skills, particularly spinning and weaving.
Linen, usually woven on heavy-duty factory machines, changes structure considerably when adapted to handloom. The openness of the weave lends these tablecloths a textured lightness and breathability. The napkins will soften with regular washing. Once ironed, the fabric regains its original crispness.
Pair the Shibori napkins with our matching tablecloth and placemats to create a complete set of pure Itajime goodness.
Composition & Care
Hand wash separately in cold water. Handwoven textiles may carry subtle irregularities; this is a part of the beauty of textiles made by hand.
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