The tree of life has a deep symbolism in our modern day culture. This stunning wall hanging celebrates the tree using a unique process called ikat. 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 dyed first. Threads are first laid out roughly as they will be woven. Groups of threads are bound together by string, areas to remain undyed are painted by a wax resist, and the dye is then applied. Once the thread dries, the wax and string are removed, and the thread is ready to weave. The finished pattern will have a bit of blurriness around the edges, since the weaving cannot precisely match the dying. The better the weaver, the tighter the edge, making those clear patterns much more valuable. In a double ikat, both directions of threads (the weft and warp) are dyed in this manner, making the weaving even more difficult. The finished result is worth the effort, as it's incredibly striking with an amazing story to tell.
Sasha is a not-for-profit marketing organisation for craftspeople and producers from all over India. The work with nearly 100 groups of disadvantaged women and marginalized producers and artisans from rural and semi-urban pockets of North-East India, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, and some other states. They have four divisions to focus on different areas of expertise: craft producers, textile makers, agro-based products, and technical / developmental assistance.
- Made by hand in India
- Cotton wall hanging
- Measures approximately 20-1/2" wide x 41-1/2" tall
- Tabs on top for hanging rod (not included)
- Dry clean only