Polka Silk Gift Wrap
Beyond fair wages, 10% of our profits are re-invested in positively impacting the livelihoods of artisans that made your product.
Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese cloth, used to wrap gifts, books and other objects as an environment friendly alternative to wrapping paper and plastic, creating a beautiful amalgamation of portability with craft. Imagine origami, but simpler and more useful. The design is based on the art of folding a handcrafted square piece of fabric, offering a sustainable take on modern day holiday gifting.
Furoshiki developed in ancient Japan as early as the 17th century, makes a cut for just about any occasion, from wrapping birthday presents to candles, books and wine bottles. And a wrapper this gorgeous deserves to be saved! This reusable piece can easily transition into a stylish neckerchief when the unpacking is done. So, don’t forget, the Furoshiki is an integral part of the gift!
Hand rolled edges
L 90 cm W 90 cm
WEIGHT: 60 grams
COLOUR: Cobalt and Yellow
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
Dispatched in 21 - 30 business days
At aeshaane, we invite everyone to slow down and cherish cloth made slowly and deliberately by artisans. After all, 'Things of beauty have no fear of time'! Free Worldwide shipping on all orders.
RETURNS & EXCHANGE:
Made to order fashion - Each piece is specially handcrafted for you, thereby reducing waste, since items are not produced in advance. Please check the 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, the artisans also 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. From hand dyeing to block printing, the processing is labour intensive and can take several days to make. Meet the makers here.
At aeshaane, our artisans
- Have a safe and flexible working environment
- Encouragement to use their own creativity
- Ability to work around their children
- Integration into an uplifting community
- Dignified work where their voices are heard
- Options to participate in workshops and other leadership activities
WORKSHOP: These zero waste cloth wraps are handmade at aeshaane's in-house workshop in a small village in Bengal, India 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 planet. To know more, click on Behind the scenes.
MATERIAL: 100% Natural Eri Peace silk
HANDFEEL: 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. Part of the process to rear silk conventionally, involves the cocoons being hurled into hot water to preserve the integrity of the long 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. That is why Eri silk is also known as Peace or Vegan silk. 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 gift wraps will last you well. We celebrate re-use, swapping and encourage you to repair whenever possible.
- Gentle hand wash separately with mild washing liquid
- Do not rub, agitate or soak
- Drip dry flat in shade
- Gentle steam iron inside out
- Each purchase comes in a recycled paper bag