Soft, warm and versatile, our new winter accessory S.M.T Night Sky Handmade Merino Blend Wool Shawl is just like the night sky. A mostly black speckled with white stars, this shawl finished with grey tassels and a yellow tiny border is sure to keep you warm and cosy on a chilly day.
This stunning shawl is handwoven using pure Australian Merino wool as weft and Gaddi, a desi breed found in the Himalayan ranges, as warp. This cuddly big and wide shawl is perfectly sized to give you that toasty and snuggly feeling!
This one of a kind piece has been handwoven by the immensely talented women artisans of the Naggar village in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh and then hand-dyed using natural dye materials from the orchards, fields, and jungles surrounding their villages. Locally and seasonally available berries, walnut shells, barks, onion peels, flowers and grass are used to dye these stunning shawls, which means they are safe for you and safe for the planet. A win-win for both!
230 X 60 CM
Due to the nature of the product please allow a standard 5% deviation from the stated dimensions
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Made proudly in India.
100% Wool. Merino weft + Gaddi warp
Hand-spun and handwoven, please expect variations and imperfections.
Hand-dyed using natural materials available seasonally.
Hand wash in cold water using a mild, no bleach and wool specific detergent.
Line dry in shade. Do not bleach. Low heat steam iron.
Or Eco Dry Clean
Layer with your winter favourites and our beautifully and thoughtfully made garments.
Local wool is referred to in India as ‘desi oon’, and is a mix of many indigenous breeds, often referred to as Gaddi breeds. The wool is bought from the Gaddis, a nomadic pastoralists community, who traverses the Himalayan ranges around the Naggar village through summer to fall. The process of cleaning and sorting the wool is performed entirely by women. The cleaned fibres are taken to Kullu to be carded there and are then hand spun at home using a spindle called a 'takhli'.
The women gather natural dye materials seasonally from the orchards, fields, and jungles surrounding their villages. Local flora that has been used for dyeing are berries and flowers of shrubs called bekhal and shrambal, a grass called looth, rakhal which grows in the higher reaches and walnut bark and shells. The naturally dyed yarns are then ready to be knit or woven.
Kullvi WHIMS is a self-help group [SHG] formed by nine women artisans of Naggar village in Kullu Valley. The women are all traditional artisans, who learnt their craft practices of spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet from their family members and have mostly practised their crafts for themselves, weaving pattus and blankets or knitting sweaters, mojiris and socks.
The Kullvi WHIMS model provides a fair income for the women artisans who belong to the SHG, empowers them by valuing and validating their skills and attempts to develop links and relationships with the herders.