The Shibori placemats in natural indigo are an expression of Nila’s experiments with this tie dye technique. The placemats 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 Bandhani in Kutch, an independent artisan studio founded by Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri. They currently work with over 200 artisans in the region.
The placemats are made of linen handwoven by women artisans on looms 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. The placemats were hand-stitched with mitred corners by women artisans associated with LBCT in Jaipur.
Linen, usually woven on heavy-duty factory machines, changes structure considerably when adapted to handloom. The openness of the weave gives these a textured lightness and breathability. The placemats will soften with regular washing. Once ironed, the fabric regains its original crispness.
Pair the Shibori placemats with our matching tablecloth and napkins 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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