As a conscious consumer, you like to invest in sustainable and handmade products. With our hand-spun yarn, we come a little closer to old traditions and nature. This is how hand-spinning cotton works. The spinner not only puts extra work into making a fabric but also gives the fabric more structure and depth. The uneven thickness of hand-spun yarn adds an extra dimension to cotton fabrics.
When you look closely at the detail of the fabric, you see what we mean. At the same time, you realise how much work and attention goes into your scarf and shawl.
Cotton is one of the most loved and used natural fibres in the textile industry, and it’s not hard to see why. It is soft, breathable and versatile. When you choose hand-woven cotton, you contribute to the growing movement of sustainability and fair trade. Especially when you know that the cotton plant has been irrigated responsibly, like state-owned.
How to spin cotton into yarn for a handwoven scarf
Preparation of cotton fibres
It starts with dehulling the picked cotton. New seeds stick in the cotton wadding and have to be taken out first. By pressing the cotton through a mangle, the seeds fall out of the fibres.
Fluffing and carding
This is followed by fluffing the raw cotton fibres. The cotton bolls are placed around the tension wire of a bamboo arch and pulling the wire makes the cotton bolls more airy and voluminous.
Carding is the process of combing and aligning the fibres. This makes the fibres easy to spin.
When the cotton fibres have turned into a soft and airy mass, they are spun into long rolls. The cotton is now ready for the spinning wheel.
Now comes the exciting part: spinning the cotton fibres into yarn. The spinning wheel is used to spin the loose fibres into yarn. Patience and experience in particular ensure even threads. The result should be soft and firm, perfect for weaving a scarf.
The yarn is now ready for the loom. We now first dye the threads of our coloured scarves in (multiple) dye baths. As chemical dyes are harmful to the environment and health, we use natural alternatives. We use plants, flowers, wood, bark, earth, etc …. to colour the long threads.
Weaving your scarf
With the beautiful hand-spun cotton yarn, eco-friendly coloured, our weavers now go to work. On their wooden loom, they create their beautiful fabrics. Different patterns and colours they combine to make unique and original scarves.
Why invest in a hand-woven scarf?
There are plenty of reasons to buy a hand-woven scarf:
- Sustainability: Our hand-woven scarves are made with love and craftsmanship. They last longer than mass production and are an investment in the future.
- Unique and Personal: Each hand-woven scarf is unique. You will never find another one that is exactly the same.
- Environmentally friendly: By choosing hand-woven textiles made from sustainable materials, you contribute to a cleaner and greener planet.
- Support Artisans: When you buy a handwoven scarf, you support artisans and the tradition of handmade textiles.
In a world where mass production and disposable culture are the norm, choosing handmade and sustainable products is a powerful way to make a positive impact. By buying a hand-woven scarf from an artisan, you are contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. Make your statement and embrace the joy of homemade, eco-friendly textile products!