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Just found this image of a remarkable woman in India from our last trip.

This woman taught me to spin sari silk waste fibres using a handmade drop spindle. Hardest task I have ever tried to achieve! The yarn produced was insane. I have to say that spinning these waste fibres is an achievement and artistic endeavour in itself, never mind the ethical products you produce with this yarn! Artisans at work. The only way to describe these women. A talented and inspirational group of individuals!

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Just found this image of a remarkable woman in India from our last trip.

This woman taught me to spin sari silk waste fibres using a handmade drop spindle. Hardest task I have ever tried to achieve! The yarn produced was insane. I have to say that spinning these waste fibres is an achievement and artistic endeavour in itself, never mind the ethical products you produce with this yarn! Artisans at work. The only way to describe these women. A talented and inspirational group of individuals!

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Free DIY bottle bag pattern, crochet wine gift bag, gift bag, crochet bag

DIY crochet bag pattern.  Wine gift bag with a difference. It is not bought from your local stationary store it is handmade by you! Add a bottle of wine, beer or soft drink and you have an ethical gift bag. This bag is so easy and takes no time to crochet up! I have also made a few using sari silk ribbon with tassles. Follow the patterns with ribbon, banana yarn or something equally chunky! Materials:  6mm (UK) hook 2 x 100g chunky banana yarn, colour of your choice. Washing Instructions: Dry Clean/Handwash in a light detergent.  Note: Due to the inconsistences of this yarn and its handmade nature you may find it can be thick and thin in parts and you may...

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Sari silk yarn and its production!

The making of sari silk yarn... Our sari silk yarns are dyed in great big batts in back gardens of the homes of the women who spin it.  The sari silk waste fibres are taken and added to these batts with the dye.  They stir it with a big bamboo stick to assist the dying process and then they slap the silk fibres up onto an old fridge door (now there IS recycling)! The silk fibres are then hung out to dry on their rooftops. It truly is a magical and recycled experience. Humbling and very hard work in the most intense heat of the Indian sun to produce these artisan yarns.  It is then spun by the women of...

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