Natural handwoven cotton scarf. Hand spun cotton in a tight weave following the Ikat technique.
Dimensions: 159cm long x 36cm wide. Tassels 9cm long
100% organic cotton
Made in Savannahkhet province, Lao PDR
Hand spun, hand dyed with natural dyes, and hand woven on traditional wooden looms.
Sacred by Design’s partner in Laos works with cotton weavers in Savannakhet, Sayaboury, Oudomxai, and Luang Prabang Provinces, where the people of the Phu Tai, Tai-Leu, and Tai-Dam ethnic groups have a long standing tradition of cotton production. These groups grow a native variety of short-fiber cotton and dye with natural, plant-based dyes.
Sacred by Design’s cotton and silk scarves are dyed using natural plants and herbs collected locally by villagers. Natural dyes, in particular indigo, have been used in Laos for centuries. Natural dyes adhere well to cottons, while silk takes a bit more coaxing. Master dyers develop their skill over a lifetime, drawing out rich hues that reflect the colours of nature.
Indigo: made from the leaves and shoots of the ‘kham’ plant, found widely in the Lao countryside. The plant is left to ferment in clay vats at specific temperatures to achieve the right colourways. Deep indigo requires dyeing the fabric several times.
Orange: made from boiled onion skins and other local fruit. Vibrant or flame orange requires dyeing several times.
Red and pink: made from an insect resin known locally as ‘stick lac’. A complicated process, red and pink dyes require fibres to be soaked in gypsum before dyeing.
Ash and tamarind water are added to the dye mixture to fix the colour.
Yellow: made from bark of jackfruit tree.
Grey: made from soaking fibres in ‘mak gua’, a Lao fruit. Fibres are dyed several times in cold dye baths to achieve the right hue.