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Even more eco-friendly silk for Earth Day
For Sawang Boran organic silk-making, it is Earth Day every day of the year, yet we found an even more eco-friendly way to celebrate Earth Day 2011. Our weavers got together for a fun weaving with a creative and collective focus on recycling their leftover organic silk, and turned it into a party for two days, 21 and 22 April, with festive lunch, where everyone contributed a dish. The fun weaving was an unusual variation on work that generally involves serious concentration. There was no predetermined pattern, design, or colour combination. All the yarn to be woven was collected from left-over bobbins of silk in all sorts of colours. Discarded cocoons were also used. The warp was set up in a matter of hours instead of days, by many hands working together. Then the weavers took turns at the loom, each producing one to several centimetres of weft, while the colour and technique for each ‘contribution’ was discussed collectively. The artisans had tremendous fun, improvising ideas and colour combinations never tried before for a collective work never attempted before, to generate an unexpected woven ‘picture’, the ‘patchweave’: a work of art made of recycled organic silk, human ingenuity… and a happy celebration of zero impact on the environment.
Check the next posting for a patchweave picture!