Vintage Serbian hemp textile: Organic, home grown, spun and hand-loomed cloth using natural mineral ochre dyes, circa early 20th century. Originating from remote villages and traditionally prepared from start to finish by village women for bridal trousseaus. The cloth was woven on smaller looms with three pieces from the same bolt sewn together to make a bedcovering. It is beautifully woven, crisp and heavy unbleached cloth, that is unused, recently laundered, and in near perfect condition.
Size: 50" x 84". Three loomed pieces each 17" in width sewn together. These segments can be easily unstitched and repurposed. Weight: 3lb
GENERAL INFORMATION Hemp is an extremely durable, natural plant fiber historically valued for its strength. It is also a very breathable textile that is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Serbian vintage hemp textiles were hand-loomed by women within the household and the process of producing hemp textiles was labor intensive. Everything from the growth and harvest of the crop, to the hand-spinning and hand-dying of fibers, and to finally the weaving of textiles was carried out in most villages by individual households. By the mid-20th century, this cottage industry had vanished from the Serbian countryside. Expect to find variation in the natural dyes used, variations in the weave and sometimes the presence of lignin fibers.
Item ID: RL-EA001556
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