Hand-crafted from start to finish – crafting the Jasper Zebra Diamond pouffe.
The rug workshop is a treasure trove of patterns and colours. Recently designed, woven textiles are piled high all around us. Our artisan rug designer kneels on something special – a traditional Indian bridal rug that’s around 50 years old. Studying the bold black and white pattern, he makes rough sketches in his notebook – the inspiration for the Jasper Zebra Diamond pouffe.
Monochrome is decided on immediately. The Jasper’s colour master is called to create the shade of black with just the right amount of depth. In the screen-printing workshop he places old weights onto one side of the scales, and natural pigment powder, a teaspoon or so at time, into the other. “50 grams of black, 10 grams of red, 2.5 grams of gold,” he says. “A lot more goes into creating a desired shade of black than people often realise.”
Metres of hand-woven plain cotton dhurrie lie on tables spanning the length of the screen-printing workshop, waiting to be introduced to its pattern. A large wooden frame with a mesh stencil stands erect over the fabric. An artisan pours paint along the edge then pushes it out over the mesh screen with a squeegee. His colleague on the other side takes the squeegee and does the same. Back and forth they work, up and down the dhurrie-covered worktable in a sure rhythm.
We wind our way to the stitching workshop. Outside, freshly washed dhurries dry under the Indian sun. On hands and knees Sorabh Singh uses a hefty pair of metal scissors and a measuring tape to cut the freshly printed fabric into the right shape. “I like to get as close as I can to the fabric, to move with it and make sure it’s perfect,” he tells us as he begins to cut.
Ranveer, one of our stitching experts, moves between two sewing machines – one for the interlining, another for the dhurrie. “You need a steady hand and a stable mind if you want to be able to cut and stitch straight,” he explains as he unites each piece of the Jasper’s fabric.
Complete, we go to take a shot of the finished product, before another of the artisans seats himself on it with a cheeky smile. “Did you not want me in it?” he jokes. “To show how comfortable it is?” Laughing, we agree. What better way to end its story after all.
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