A small Buddhist kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas Bhutan is known for its dramatic landscapes and varied nature. Dotted with monasteries and large castle-like structures known as Dzongs, Bhutan is also a country with a rich culture of weaving traditions. Knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next, from mother to daughter.
Living in balance with nature is a central part of the country's philosophy and despite often harsh climactic conditions and relatively undeveloped rural transport infrastructure there is a tradition of growing and spinning organic cotton and wool. Respect for the environment is ingrained is the culture and the wisdom for the use of natural plant-based materials to create dyes has also been passed down through time. It's with this knowledge and passion for finding new ways with which to use these traditional techniques that two sisters began their journey in 2014. Working from home on traditional back strap looms the sisters went on to open a small shop and were soon able to train and give work to other women living in the surrounding area. All women work from home on projects which the sisters create. Organic cotton and Eri silk threads are dyed using plants and flowers grown locally. Marigold flowers, onion skins, walnut, iron and madder root are used following age old carefully guarded recipes.
A proud tradition continues to flourish and the number of artisans interested in learning the craft and perfecting their skills is growing. With that comes the opportunity to contribute to the family income and gives the women the confidence they need to thrive. Following a zero waste weaving policy and an emphasizing using only renewable materials this group is a living example of how working in balance with nature can be for the benefit of many.