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The Power of Stories

March 8, 2017

Yesterday on Instagram, we posted about the power of stories. There are many human stories that are embodied in our fabric. The people who earn a living from weaving, the cultural tradition woven, pun intended, throughout the fabric and the time and skill it takes to produce just one meter of ikat all give life to these textiles.

Last fall, we were able to take an amazing photographer with us to visit the weavers and capture their process in action. I’ve noted below how long each step in the ikat making process takes. Mind boggling once you think about it. But with this attention to detail comes immense quality. And our goal is for our items last your child a few years…years where your child gives our clothing more powerful stories to tell.

Check our Instagram page @billowandbound to enter our GIVEAWAY by telling the story behind your favourite piece of clothing. Enter through Friday!

The following is to produce just 25 meters of ikat fabric…

Getting yarns and yarn counting – 2 days

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Bleaching yarns – 1 day

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Design marking and dyeing – 7 days (these processes alternate depending on the number of colors used)

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Jointing and loading the loom – 4 days

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Weaving 25 meters of a simple 2 colour ikat pattern – 12.5 hours

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Photo cred – Kishor Krishnamoorthi

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