Ankara Square silk Scarf
Beyond fair wages, 10% of our profits are re-invested in positively impacting the livelihoods of artisans that made your product.
This piece is for those who believe in the beauty of handmade and the power of cloth to tell stories. In this age of fast fashion, watching the slow process of making fabric by hand is almost meditative. There is an entire army of rural artisans behind creating this work of art, which is the consequence of hundreds of hours of intensive craftsmanship. Each is one of a kind, ethical and produced in a small batch; truly a fabric with a soul!
DIMENSIONS: Hand rolled edges
L 90 cm W 90 cm
WEIGHT: 50 grams
Variation in printing & colour are hallmarks of hand block printing and dyeing in small batches. Here’s to celebrating blemishes, flaws, faulty and irregular.
DYES: Azo-free non toxic dyes
SHIPPING: Dispatched in 30 - 45 business days
At aeshaane, we invite everyone to slow down and cherish garments that are made slowly and deliberately by artisans. After all, 'Things of beauty have no fear of time'! Free Worldwide shipping on all orders.
RETURNS & EXCHANGES:
Made to order fashion - Each piece is specially handcrafted for you, thereby reducing waste, since items are not produced in advance. Please check Return/Exchanges policy.
Our Eri silk silk cloth is a completely handmade artisan product, crafted by Kaushik, a third generation of rearers, who hails from the tribal 'Borah' community, nurturing his small dreams in a remote village called 'Phalpur' in Assam. Twenty women from a self-help group gather around post noon, to do the 'Chunai', or sorting of these empty cocoons. The methods used by the locals are environment friendly and sustainable. The indigenous women in the Assamese household are willing to invest their time in making these ageless beauties, as a way to embrace their culture, to follow the pace of life and to pass on the craft to the younger generation. Each piece has taken at least a week to produce, excluding the harvesting and printing by our artists Ali bhai, Deepak and Bachchu.
Besides earning a fair income from their work, all our artisans have a sense of belonging, a place they can call their own, that gives them a life filled with love, pride and dignity, where they can benefit from being together as a community. Meet the makers here.
At aeshaane, our artisans have
- A safe and flexible working environment
- Encouragement to use their own creativity
- Ability to work remotely or from home
- Integration into an uplifting community
- Dignified work place where their voices are heard
- Options to participate in workshops and other training programs
WORKSHOP: Each scarf is handmade at aeshaane's in-house workshop in a small village in Bengal, where our artisans share our values and produce in a fair way. We celebrate all that is slow, ethical and does not harm the people, animals or the planet. To learn more, click on Behind the scenes.
100% NATURAL ERI PEACE SILK
HAND-FEEL: Light-weight, airy, incredibly smooth and soft; When draped, its fluidity is unmatched!
IS IT NON-VIOLENT? Often, the word Ahimsa (Non-violence) is synonymously used with Eri silk. The name 'Eri' is derived from the word 'era', which means 'castor', since the Eri silkworms feed on castor leaves. Tussar, on the other hand, also known as 'Kosa silk' in Sanskrit, is produced from larvae of several species of silkworms belonging to the moth genus Antheraea. These worms live in wild forests and breed on local trees like Sal, Arjun and Saja. It comes in varieties of Kattia and Gicha.
Part of the process to rear silk conventionally, involves the cocoons being hurled into hot water to preserve the integrity of the long silk filament fibres. This method clearly kills the silkworm, breaking the chain of ethical processing. However, at aeshaane, we believe in slow silk farming, where the fibre gets extracted from empty cocoons, only after the metamorphosis of the moth is complete and they leave their habitat, thereby completing the chain of circular farming. Eri and Tussar Silks reared by this method are known as Peace or Vegan silks. For more information click on Our silks
PROPERTIES: Eri silk is strong, dense and highly durable wild silk. The silk from this natural fibre is readily biodegradable after serving its full lifecycle, and thus has low environmental impact. Besides being 100% hypoallergic and antibacterial, due to its thermal properties, Eri silk is cool in summer and warm in winter.
ORIGIN: North east India, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Karnataka and some parts of China and Japan
We help you take good care of your purchase. With a little love and care, your handmade silk scarf will last you for years. We celebrate re-use, swapping and encourage you to repair whenever possible.
- Dry cleaning is the safest option
- Gentle steam iron on the reverse side
- Do not wrap in plastic, as silk needs to breathe
- Each purchase comes in a recycled bag for storage
Click on Care and repair to know more.