Rajboori: Hand-Crafted & Eco-Friendly Silk Textiles

Note to self: earth-friendly does not necessitate earth tones. We can have a little (or a lot) of color and still be on friendly terms with the planet. Enter Rajboori. Their brilliant, colorful home textile collection is made with "Peace Silk," or renewable and biodegradable silk that is extracted only after the silkworm has lived a full life and has emerged from its cocoon. The collection— which includes quilts, duvet covers, coverlets and pillows — bursts forth in geometric shapes, rich colors, and intricate hand-crafted details like appliqué and top-stitching...

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Here's a little info about their weavers based right outside of Calcutta: With our patronage and similar patronage from other socially conscious textile manufacturers, the new generation of weavers is getting more involved in the trade of their forefathers. This is gravely needed to sustain this weaver community and their trade. Mohammad Abbas Ansar is our master weaver who’s 60 yrs old and has now handed over his expertise to his son, Mohammad Sajjar, who’s only 20 but is already highly skilled and manages the family business. Their family has been practicing this ancient art for almost 200 years. The women of the house also work on making the bobbins for the yarn that goes into making the woven jacquards. In this village, the loom is the key piece of furniture in almost every home.

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You can purchase Rajboori products at the Vancouver home design boutique Provide. Rajboori was also named one of TIME Magazine's 2009 Green Design 100 companies.

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