SPIRIT OF THREADS
“Himalayan Mountains” Indigo-dyed Linen Shawl – Limited Edition
If you are looking for something completely unique to add to your wardrobe, then this shawl by the Norwegian indigo master Axel Becker is for you.
Axel lives and works on an island outside Trondheim in Norway where he experiments with patterns and finding just the right indigo blends. Organic indigo dyeing is an intricate method that requires a great deal of skill. Similar to a sourdough process, an indigo vat goes through fermentation under 5-10 days of supervision and intermittent, deliberate stirring before any actual dyeing takes place. As a master of the craft, Axel teaches this process around the world. He has taught several workshops on it at the Avani Cooperative in the Himalayas. This is partly why Axel has chosen to make these unique patterns on Avani hand-woven linen. This garment represents a convergence of The Himalayas, Norway and Sweden all in one piece.
In the pattern "Himalayan Mountains", the mountains fade into infinity. Each linen shawl has one of three different patterns, each different in its own way. As a limited-edition garment, we have numbered these shawls from 1 to 21. Each pattern is available in 7 copies.
This is the perfect gift to yourself or for someone you love.
Material: 100% West Bengali linen
Size: 50 X 195 cm
Hem: 1 cm fringe
Origins: The garment is hand-spun, hand-woven, and naturally dyed at the Avani Cooperative in Uttarakhand, Himalayas.
Production Time: 55 days (linen processing - 50 days; hand spinning - 2 days; natural dyeing - 1 day; weaving, finishing, fringe cutting, labelling - 2 days)
Durability: The shawl is made entirely by hand from nature's vibrant materials and colours. Weaving and spinning by hand leads to the threads being wonderfully irregular, and the natural dyeing allows the colour to vary. Care for your new garment tenderly, and you will have a friend for life. Begin by hanging it out to air. When necessary, wash gently by hand in cold water and mild soap, then hang dry.
Read more about Axel Becker here.
Read more about the Avani Cooperative here.
Read more about materials and natural dyeing here.