Wild Indigo Stripe Pashmina Shawl
Prepare to be knocked out when you touch the Wild Indigo Stripe Pashmina for the first time. Seriously. This shawl is one of the first pieces brought to you with pride in Silk Road Spaceship's new collaboration with LENA, a Ladakh based pashmina company creating the finest pashminas we've ever come across in our years of travel to the Himalayas. Each piece in this exclusive collection is handwoven from ethically sourced, handspun, Changra pashmina from the Chang Tang Plateau. LENA creates its items in small batches, with natural, locally sourced botanical dye materials. Whether you purchase one of these pashminas for yourself or as a gift for someone special, you'll be comforted to share your support for of sustainable and dignified source of livelihood for Ladakhi women artisans.
ABOUT THE WEAVE: A bold blue stripe shoots across a subtle grey weave in this exquisitely soft panel. Pull it over your shoulders and wrap it across your chest; you'll feel cloaked in the quiet twilight of the stark Chang Tang plain. Luxurious and thick, this is not the paper-thin pashmina ubiquitous in the United States and often coming from questionable, less than ethical manufacturers. The pashmina comes with a reusable, hand-sewn fabric pouch so you can easily tuck it in your suitcase or store it in your closet. Gift wrapping available upon request. This item ships priority mail, free of charge.
SIZE: 45 cm x 200 cm (Approximately18 in x 79 in)
Each piece is in the LENA-SRS collaboration is handwoven from ethically sourced, handspun, Changra pashmina from the Chang Tang Plateau. LENA creates its items in small batches, with natural, locally sourced, botanical dyes. Whether you purchase one of these pashminas for yourself or as a gift for someone special, you'll be comforted to share your support for of sustainable and dignified source of livelihood for Ladakhi women artisans.
ABOUT WILD INDIGO:
Since its discovery about 5000 years ago, Indigo has not failed to fascinate us with its mysterious way of changing shades continuously, as it ages and wears away. Just like us, at each stage of its life it will look different and surprise us with a new, unique shade of blue. This quality of Indigo and appreciation for handmade crafts has once again brought this mysterious color to the fore. Like the color of the sky and sea, natural Indigo is very much living around us.
ABOUT LENA LADAKHI PASHMINA
In recent years, there have been local efforts underway in Ladakh to reclaim ownership of the pashmina trade following centuries of outside dominance, particularly from Kashmir. Multiple ventures in the region are moving into the production of finished products since most of the value is locked higher up in the supply chain.
One such venture is the all-women Leh-based startup called Lena Ladakh Pashmina, which calls itself a “slow-textile label that crafts pashmina products in small batches, where each stage of textile production is carried by hand from spinning to dyeing to weaving.”
Established in 2016 by Sonam Angmo and Stanzin Minglak, the startup has two key objectives:
1) Making apparel in a distinctly Ladakhi manner from spinning with a willow spindle instead of a Charkha, plying with the same spindle, and hand-weaving to dyeing the yarns with locally-found herbs, while ensuring that revenue from the pashmina trade stays local.
2) A commitment towards putting into practice the dying traditional skill of making textiles by hand, while also providing a sustainable and dignified source of livelihood for women from these communities, who for generations have quietly kept these skills alive.
Silk Road Spaceship is delighted to collaborate with LENA and help them advance thier mission.
Returns on unworn items gladly accepted within 30 days of purchase. Buyer to pay return shipping costs.
The ladies at LENA advise that unless it is really dirty, the longer you go without washing your pashmina, the better it is. You can dry clean your pashmina or hand wash it in cold water with your favorite organic soap. Press the excess water out, do not wring or twist. Lay flat to dry.