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Quilted Cotton Adras Fingertip Potholder in Rose & Blue from Kyrgyzstan

  • Fair Trade Cotton Adras Potholder from Kyrgyzstan
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Quilted cotton adras fingertip potholder from Kyrgyzstan, measuring approximately 5-3/4" wide x 9-3/4 long with pocket on both ends for hand. A cross between a standard potholder and an oven mitt, these fun fingertip potholders are a great addition to any kitchen. Simply slide your fingers into the top pocket, your thumb into the bottom and fold your hand. There's no fear of fingers sliding just off the edge of a square, or fussing with trying to get the oven mitt on and off. You can simply slide your hand in, grab the dish, and slip it off again quick. Made by Zulya using adras fabric. Adras is a fabric made using a technique that is special to the region of the "Stans". Rather than weaving a large piece of fabric and then dying it, or using different colored threads to weave the pattern into the fabric, the thread itself is treated first. Threads are laid out roughly as they will be woven. Groups of threads that are to remain undyed are bound by thread and then waxed, forming a resist. The fabric is then dyed, the wax and thread removed, and reapplied in a different area for the next color of dye. Once the various colors are applied and all the binding thread and wax removed, the fabric is woven and the final pattern revealed.

Zulya has endured a great deal in her short 41 years. Tragedy hit her family about 5 years ago when her husband developed an infection in his left leg that couldn't be treated. His leg eventually needed to be amputated just above the knee. His days of working as a taxi driver and providing steady income for his family were over. Zulya had already been working as a seamstress, accepting work from a large-scale dress seller at one of the local markets in the city. After her husband's amputation, she needed to step up and take on more work and has spent many days in the last five years working around the clock to fulfill orders. While it would be easy for her to become focused strictly on the welfare of herself, husband, and three children, Zulya is always eager to share what she does have, whether it's produce from the garden or a loaf of bread. As Zulya gains orders that pay better, she can start working a little less and enjoying her family a bit more. 

Please be aware, due to the dying and weaving technique used in adras, the exact pattern of each potholder will vary slightly.

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