Washi, Laos: Paper pastels and smoky charcoals

Feb 05 2016 Tags: Colour, Community, Cotton, Expert, Fair Trade, Hand Made, Indigo, Natural Dyes, Silk, Sustainable, Textiles, Vientiene

Washi: handmade paper and cotton woven together for beautiful effect.

We love this paper and cotton mix technique, the soft chalky palette of charcoals and pastels would look stunning in a Balearic farmhouse or a Hamptons Beach House. The weaving technique for the designs was developed by a Japanese NGO and combines traditional skills from them Tail Lue region. The training meant that the villagers continue to use the skills to influence their work.

Handmade paper and cotton mix, Saoban, Vientiane, Laos

Handmade paper and cotton mix, Saoban, Vientiane, Laos

The paper (washi) is cut into long, narrow ribbon-like strips which are twisted on a spinning wheel, then woven like silk or cotton, traditionally on a handloom. In this case, the cotton or silk is used for the warp and then woven as if it were ordinary cloth.

All the dyes are natural, using local plants resources including: ash water, iron, turmeric, sappan and indigo to create the beautiful soft pink, orange and grey tones.

Handmade paper and cotton mix, Saoban, Vientiane, Laos

Handmade paper and cotton mix, Saoban, Vientiane, Laos

Saoban, Vientiane is a treasure trove of beautiful contemporary pieces, drawing on traditional techniques and skills. All products are naturally sourced and empower local communities.

Handmade paper woven with cotton to make beautiful textiles, Luang Prabang, Laos

Handmade paper woven with cotton to make beautiful textiles, Luang Prabang, Laos

For more information: www.saobancrafts.com



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