Pashminas and Silk
Dedicated to promote Indian handicraft I offer exquisitely hand-woven shawls and fabrics in pure Silk, Cashmere, Wool and Cotton.
The pashmina color chart will help you to decide on the colors you would like to order.
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Most of our Silk, Cotton and Wool fabrics are from skilled handloom weavers in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh in Central India.
Since the 5th century Maheshwar has been the Centre of handloom weaving and is the home of one of India’s finest hand loom fabric traditions. Maheshwar is noted as a Centre for weaving colorful Maheshwari Saris, Dupattas and beautiful shawls in silk and silk wool mix.
Loulisa -East meets West- is proud to be one of representatives and supporters of the Rehwa Society an NGO which supports to maintain the ancient weave patterns of Maheshwar.
The establishment of Rehwa Society, an NGO founded by the Holkar family in 1978 gives women and men employment and aims to revive the town’s textile industry.
About 130 weavers associated with the society produce over 100,000 meters of fine fabrics a year. The weaving Centre is located in one of Maheshwar’s historic buildings. Rehwa Society also provides free schooling for weavers’ children and runs a low-cost health scheme.
Maheshwar town, the seat of Rehwa society, is built on the site of the ancient city of Maheshvari, which already is mentioned in the Mahabharata and Ramanaya.
In the late eighteenth century, Maheshwar served as the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar, ruler of the state of Indore. She embellished the city with many buildings and public works, and it is home to her palace, as well as numerous temples, a fort, and riverfront ghats (broad stone steps which step down to the river).
Since the 5th century Maheshwar has been the centre of handloom waeving and is the home of one of India’s finest hand loom fabric traditions. Maheshwar is noted as a centre for weaving colourful Maheshwari saris, dupattas and beautiful shawls in silk and silk wool.These products are weaved with distinctive designs involving stripes, checks and floral borders.The cottons and silks also are used nowadays for a wide range of homelinnen.
The establishment of Rehwa Society , an NGO founded by the Holkars in 1978 gives women and men employment and revive the town’s textile industry.
About 130 weavers associated with the society produce over 100,000 metres of fine fabrics a year. The weaving centre is located in one of Maheshwar’s historic buildings. Rehwa Society also provides a free school for weavers’ children and runs a low-cost health scheme. There are few other small local organisations involved in weaving of saris and other fabrics.
Since a few years the Rehwas Society has also established a beautiful Hotel in the Fort itself where exquisite traditional Indian hospitality lets you experience the vibes and culture of indian society.
Silk has been the undisputed Queen of Textiles for centuries. Exquisite qualities like the natural sheen, inherent affinity for dyes and vibrant colors, high absorbance, light weight, resilience and excellent drape etc. have made silk the irresistible and inevitable companion of the eve all over the world.
There are 4 major types of silk deriving from different species of silk worms, producing different textures from coarse to very soft.
Mulberry, the majority of the commercial silks.
Tassar ( Tussah) is coarse and the rearing is conducted in India in the open.
Oak Tassar the finer variety, often produced in China.
Eri, product of the domesticated silkworm.
SILK AND INDIAN WEAVING
Silk has, for centuries, been inextricably intertwined with the life and culture of the India.
The artistic and aesthetic sense of the Indian weaver is not content with the striking colors they choose for the fabric, but lies in the their mastery over the creation of floral designs, beautiful texture, fine geometry and durability of such work.
LOULISA EAST MEETS WEST adheres to the principles of FAIRTRADE in the manufacturing process. No child labour is involved and utmost care is taken to make a green product.
LOULISA EAST MEETS WETST shows greatest respect to Indian tradition supporting hand weaving and old traditional handcrafts which are being threatened to be overrun by mass production.
LOULISA brings contemporary designs for modern women and homes, using different silks and wools. The weavers work on handlooms, so that the product you buy is uniquely different in origin and appearance and it complements your sense of aesthetics and social conscience.
Products from LOULISA are the expression of simplicity, purity and natural values; we address all those who understand the meaning of true style… a style that marries ethics, aesthetics and quality.
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