Inspired by the hand appliques lining the windows of the Gardner Museum, we worked directly with a family of textile artists in Western India to create this indigo-dyed, hand-embroidered hanky. We believe the experience of using memorable materials has the ability to transform what might otherwise be a dull task into one that feels important and special. We especially love the idea that even the smallest utility cloth can remind one of greatness.
- hand loomed 100% cotton Khadi
- indigo dye
- 19x19, the same size as our favorite vintage hankies
Given the popularity of our bandana project, we were inspired to explore new work using our passion for hand mending as a point of departure. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and beloved for its rugged nature and soft hand, we worked directly with textile artists in the state of Gujarat in Western India to contrast serge a very special hand loomed 100% cotton Khadi. Carefully sourced directly from a family of weavers in the rural areas near the city of Ahmedabad and dyed by a family who has been practicing dying for generations. Following the dye process, each hanky is carefully hand embroidered with a needle and thread in Ahmedabad by women working out of their homes.