All our scarves are exclusively designed using hundreds of different ancient Japanese Shibori and Tie-Dye techniques of hand pleading, bunching, folding, twisting and wrapping. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the silk that take the distinctive dye in the patterns created by the resistance and other areas of the silk will remain white.
Our silk is hand dyed by our Artisans using Indigenous & natural resources. Colors of bark from Prouhet trees, dark hues of wood from shavings of lychee branches and blue Indigo grown side by side with Mulberry trees & other natural elements. We also use bright nontoxic powders called German dye which gives the silk a rich, colorful appearance and enhances the feel with a soft & smooth texture.
Cambodia & Thailand has a long and rich history in silk production and loom weaving dating back more than a thousand years. ‘Hand & Foot loom’ is a loom that is used to weave silk without the use of any electricity. Hand weaving is done on pit looms or frame looms. Foot weaving is done on a pedal loom. Weaving is primarily the interlacing of two sets of yarn – the warp (length) and the weft (width). The equipment that facilitates this interlacing is the loom.
Silk weaving is an art practiced predominately by Cambodian & Thai women, with the skill being passed down the generations from mothers to daughters. Unfortunately, many artisans with this skill are older to middle-aged women, whereas younger generations are not aware of this cultural heritage. Knowledge and skills of this complex art are being lost and as a result the ancient technique is dying. More recently, many surviving silk weavers abandoned their craft to seek regular jobs.
ARTISANS OF IQ is inspired to help preserve the highly skilled art of silk weaving and collaborate with our artisan partners and share the artistry of this talented community with women all over the world.