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Saraswati - emerald dive

  • Fibre:
    Silk

    Silk

    The silk yarn for Saraswati scarves comes from Bangalore and Mysore in southern India, and from Kashmir and the Ladakh Valley in the far north.

  • Origin:
    Varanasi

    Varanasi

    Saraswati scarves are handwoven in Mr Khan's small six-loom workshop in Varanasi, the sacred city by the Ganges. This 'city of light' is famous for silk weaving, especially the magnificent Benares sarees.

    Varanasi weavers have experienced difficult times recently, faced with the influx of cheaper, power-loomed fabrics from China. But commitment to Varanasi's ancient handloom tradition exists among cooperatives, philanthropists, big companies and small entrepreneurs. Mr Khan works with 21 farmers in the surrounding countryside who weave on handlooms at home in their spare time. Traditionally, men weave and women reel the silk filaments onto the bobbin and prepare the loom.

    The SilkChassis map of India Our Saraswati scarves all come 
from the Varanasi region.
  • Weave:
    Reversible Spanish satin

    Reversible Spanish satin weave

    Reversible Spanish satin weave creates the remarkable dual colour sheen of Saraswati silks. Used in Varanasi since at least the early nineteenth century, this technique has declined in the last 30-40 years. With some simple technical changes to single shuttle looms, Mr Khan reinvented the weave, making it easier for the new generation of weavers to produce.

    Mr Khan has seen many changes in Varanasi's silk weaving industry since he set up his company in 1981. 'My inspiration was to reproduce this old design in new ways so that modern women are able to use and admire this handmade textile technique', he says. Depending on a weaver's skill and experience, each Saraswati scarf takes 1.5 to 2 days to complete.

  • Care:
    Dry clean
    Dry clean only.
  • Dimensions: 55 x 185 cm

  • Availability:In stock
£65.00

Vivid green, with incredible sheen, yet to be seen in plant life. Jewels are a different matter.

Silk

Silk

The silk yarn for Saraswati scarves comes from Bangalore and Mysore in southern India, and from Kashmir and the Ladakh Valley in the far north.

Varanasi

Varanasi

Saraswati scarves are handwoven in Mr Khan's small six-loom workshop in Varanasi, the sacred city by the Ganges. This 'city of light' is famous for silk weaving, especially the magnificent Benares sarees.

Varanasi weavers have experienced difficult times recently, faced with the influx of cheaper, power-loomed fabrics from China. But commitment to Varanasi's ancient handloom tradition exists among cooperatives, philanthropists, big companies and small entrepreneurs. Mr Khan works with 21 farmers in the surrounding countryside who weave on handlooms at home in their spare time. Traditionally, men weave and women reel the silk filaments onto the bobbin and prepare the loom.

The SilkChassis map of India Our Saraswati scarves all come 
from the Varanasi region.
Reversible Spanish satin

Reversible Spanish satin weave

Reversible Spanish satin weave creates the remarkable dual colour sheen of Saraswati silks. Used in Varanasi since at least the early nineteenth century, this technique has declined in the last 30-40 years. With some simple technical changes to single shuttle looms, Mr Khan reinvented the weave, making it easier for the new generation of weavers to produce.

Mr Khan has seen many changes in Varanasi's silk weaving industry since he set up his company in 1981. 'My inspiration was to reproduce this old design in new ways so that modern women are able to use and admire this handmade textile technique', he says. Depending on a weaver's skill and experience, each Saraswati scarf takes 1.5 to 2 days to complete.

Dry clean
Dry clean only.
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