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This design is adpated from the Thebvora, a traditional Naga nettle shawl. Thebvo literally translates to 'nettle' in the language of the Chakhesang Khuzhami tribe. This wear-resistant and waterproof nettle cloth is made of hand spun and hand woven stinging nettle; perfect for the contemporary dining table.
The natural black which define the borders of this set, comes from a completely local recipe. Cotton yarn is mordanted in tannin-rich bark (locally sourced from the wild hazelnut, walnut and oak trees) and soaked in iron-rich paddy field clay.
The spinning and weaving of stinging nettle is increasingly rare. Stinging nettle is foraged from the wild once a year in early winter, making the fiber-to-fabric journey entirely local and self-sustaining (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced). In a long and laborious process, strips of nettle bast fiber (stripped off the stalks), are retted, dried, thigh-reeled into twine, and hand-spun using a drop spindle. The yarn is then repeatedly soaked in a coarse local rice broth, and sun-dried to bleach and soften the fiber. It is then woven on backstrap looms. The flexibility of the portable loom enables women to work from their own home. The fiber-to-fabric journey is entirely local and self-sustaining (although the cotton yarn, once local, is now sourced).
Locally foraged and hand-spun stinging nettle (urtica dioica), unbleached and naturally dyed cotton
Table Runner: 12in X 60in, Table Mat: 12in X 18in
Table Runner: 31cm x 152cm, Table Mat: 31cm x 46cm
Please note that the natural colors of nettle and natural dyed textiles are unique and may vary a bit from item to item. Wash nettle fabrics by hand in cold water, using ecological laundry products. Nettle softens with washing.
All our products are meticulously handmade by master artisans one piece at a time. Due to this process, there may be a variation from one item to the next. Such variations are inherent in the manufacturing of handmade products, so you may expect minor distinctions that will make your purchase special and truly one of a kind.
Please note that this item is handmade to order. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Dispatched within 5 working days of receiving your order. No refunds or returns.