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christmas gifts -

The new normal might have you feeling a bit isolated from friends and family. The holiday season is the perfect timing to show your appreciation and love. Shirdak provides you with uniquely original products that is handmade. All available online www.shirdakshop.com. It is never too early to start holiday shopping and help avoid Christmas delivery problems. Gift Guide: How about colorful felted slippers for the whole family? Because everyone has their own style we have different shapes, colors and a variation of sizes, ranging from 35 to 47. For your fashionable family members, we have a limited collection of 100% woolen...

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Miao -

Hand made textiles from the province Guizhou For years I collected Miao textiles. This Chinese minority migrated from Mongolia to the province Guizhou in South China within the last 2000 years. The Miao people are experts in embroidered textiles. The huge diversity in textile techniques is famous all over the world. One story about why the Miao textiles are of such a high standard is because they do not have a written language. Supposedly  their alphabet is embroidery on textiles. Everything they want to communicate, they share through embroidery. It is not always easy to recognise the Miao textiles because of the huge variety. Of the 113...

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blockprint coat, blog, indigo, indigo cushions, indigo dhurry -

Yes? Then read this blog.  Color is emotion. We call blue a cold color. It is a color of ratio and intelligence. We associate blue with peace and tranquility. We see blue as a color of trust and clear communication. Blue in textiles is often used in uniforms because it gives the appearance of stability, balance and efficiency. The association with power and status makes it so that a lot of businessmen, and women, are wearing blue. Combinations of blue and green in interiors show sympathy and kindness. It's also said that interiors that incorporate blue tones make you more productive.   For...

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Balochi, Balouchistan, embroidered dress, Vintage dress -

A long time ago I saw a photograph in a textiles book. It was taken in Balochistan, near Quetta in Pakistan. It pictured a group of girls sitting in the meadows. They were wearing the traditional Balochi costume. Colourful, detailed handwork and every dress was different, only the ground pattern was the same as can be seen in the picture above: Years later I was able to buy such a dress in Peshawar, North Pakistan, on one of my travels. The fabric was a cheap synthetic fiber. However, the embroidery was impressive, with delicate needlework in cross and flat stitch. Unfortunately, I...

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Kilim cushions are one of the easiest ways to change up the look of your living room. These Fairtrade and unique pillows are inexpensive, come in different sizes and are perfect for adding a pop of color in your home decor. Especially in these times that we are spending so much time at home I wanted to write a blogpost of how you can recreate the magic of Kilim cushions in your own home.  The good thing about pillows is that there are no rules, so have fun and play around with different colors and patterns. You can combine these hand woven Kilim cushions to create a granny chic look but they can...

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