Visit to a Gujarati Master Weaver
Lucky Graham is currently travelling in Gujarat, India, developing our new throw collection, as well as researching the incredible wealth of regional artisans and craftspeople for future Stitch by Stitch textile collections.
Earlier this week he visited renowned master weaver Shamjibhai, of Vankar Vishram Valji weavers. Shamji and his family train and employ a community of around 90 hand loom weavers in Bhujodi, Gujarat, on pit looms which his family built after the earthquake of 2001. The family is committed to preserving local, traditional weaving skills in this region.
Shamji will be weaving our new Desi blankets and throws, in fine, naturally dyed wool, which will then be sent to our hand embroiderers in Ahmedabad for them to embellish with lines of traditional Chireli Sankali, or Soi work. We should have the first samples of completed blankets later this month.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some of these lovely photos Graham has emailed of his trip to Shamji's peaceful workshop in the desert!