SPIRIT OF THREADS
Large, Wild Muga Silk and Merino Wool Shawl
A large beautiful, shawl in wild muga silk and soft merino wool.
The combination of the wild, golden yellow muga silk and the thin merino wool creates a very exclusive impression. Muga silk has a natural, golden tone and is considered the most exclusive silk in India. The cocoons are hand-picked from Litchia polyantha and Michelis bombacina trees in the Assam region. Avani have carded, woven and dyed the wool carefully with natural elements such as leaves, flowers, fruits and materials found around the mountains and forests. Combining wild silk and wool in the loom requires very experienced weavers, a skill that our dear friends at Avani are masters of.
Material: 25% wild muga silk from Assam and 75% merino wool from West Bengal
Size: 100 X 210 cm
Hem: 7 cm twisted fringe
12 Neutral/Sand– (no dyes used/colourless)
85 Grey Fog - myrobalan tree leaves
Origins: The yarn is hand-spun, hand-woven and naturally dyed at the Avani Cooperative in Uttarakhand, Himalayas.
Production Time: 55 days: wild eri and muga silk cocoons, hand spinning - 2 days; natural dyeing - 1 day; weaving, finishing, fringe cutting, labelling - 2 days)
Durability and care: 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 the Avani Cooperative here. Read more about wild muga silk here.