This design is based on the traditional Dzunhumenie, worn by Chakhesang Naga women. The use of nettle as an accent material is particularly significant, as it is a scarce and valuable resource.
The cloth is woven by skilled indigenous women of the Chakhesang tribe in the mountains of Northeast India, on back strap looms.
Stinging nettle is foraged from the wild once a year, in early winter. In a long and laborious process, strips of nettle bast fibre (stripped off the stalks), are retted, dried, thigh-reeled into twine, and hand-spun using a drop spindle. The yarn is then soaked in a coarse local rice broth, which naturally bleaches and softens the fibre.
This fibre-to-fabric journey is entirely local and self-sustaining (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced).
Nettle shawls are increasingly rare, and new ones are reserved for ceremonial occasions.
This product is contemporary, and is exclusively co-designed and woven by Leshemi Origins for ARTISANS' Gallery, to sustain the local tradition.
Locally foraged and hand spun stinging nettle (urtica dioica), and cotton
45in X 70in 114cm X 178cm
Dry clean or wash by hand in cold water
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Product Dispatch & Shipping Notice
Please note that this item is handmade to order, and will be dispatched within 70 days of receiving your order. No refunds or returns.