So, lotus silk is made from..yes, you've guessed it, lotus stems. Look carefully above and you can see the lady cutting and separating the fibres out, they're then hand rolled and given a good wash. It is then passed to the lady with the modified bike wheel to wind into a skein ready for dyeing.
But before we go to the dye room, let's have a look around the workshop. Coloured silks are all ready to go...
and finished cloth is priced by weight. It's VERY expensive. Myanmar is the only place in the world that produces this fibre.
Everywhere I look there's a still life waiting to be captured here,
and this too. You'll be pleased to know that the dye supplies at InStitches are stored in a much more orderly way!
Nothing is left unused, even when it's no longer fit for its origional purpose. So who's going to adapt a couple of old bikes and make a pair of skein winders for InStitches? If it's you, email us....PLEASE X
and by the looks of it it's very hands on. I had quite a laugh with the dyer over the state of her bare hands!
And the colour is?
Dyed and prepared thread then comes into the weaving shop. Can you see the buckets of stones to act as counter weights?
which are then already to be slotted into the carried.
I could have stayed all day there, but we had more places to go. So flick on to the next blog!