Thursday, April 16, 2009

Recyled Sari Yarn



I bought this FABULOUS recycled silk Sari yarn from Yarn Traders in New Zealand (who import it from Nepal).

About this fab yarn........

"The yarn is made from the scrap silk, and other fibres, produced as a bi-product of sari manufacture and other silk production in southern India. The colourfast industrially dyed remnant fibres are brought into Nepal and distributed, via women's cooperatives, to disadvantaged women. Spinning and knitting the yarn enables the women to earn a much needed small income from their cottage industry.

The yarn is hand spun, either by charka, drop spindle, or wheel, into gleaming hanks ready for export or use in local garment manufacturing. Because it is hand spun each hank is unique, and there are no dye lots. In addition, the yarn varies in thickness and contains some overtwisted areas. As a consequence of the village conditions where the yarn is made it carries a slight musty smell. In addition, you may also come across the odd piece of straw or leaves. Simply remove any "foreign objects" as you go along! The yarn handles washing well."

For this pot - I crocheted the sari yarn with some beige wool and did a lid using pink wool with sari yarn edging and some 'spirals'. Plus some spotty wood bicone beads.

This little fella is only about 7cm high.

So far my daughter has claimed all the crochet vessels I've made to put her 'bling' in - but I may put them on my website anyway. Maybe....

4 comments:

Pam de Groot said...

Such a beautiful pot. Makes you want to look inside!. You are in danger of becoming a textile artist not a metal and stone artist!

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks Pam! There is actually an old sock with holes in inside it - just to fill it out! Its a clean old sock though....

Ah - I would love to become a textile artist! Fiber is just so amazing and versatile and I had completely overlooked it as a medium because I suppose it was all around me and so went unnoticed.
Textiles are also so very pretty - all the colours, patterns and textures - amazing. I'm loving all the recycled materials that are available as yarn etc too.
Oh gosh - I so want to learn to spin my own yarn! Maybe when the kiddies start school.....

gaffergirls.com said...

you have an awesome blog...
love your work...

mona & the girls

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you Mona!