100% Linen Shibori Napkins
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These stunning napkins are a feast for any blue and white addict. Hand dyed with natural Indigo, these 100% linen napkins are crisp, rich and decadent with unique personality and character. Every piece tells a story of the love and passion poured into them by their maker, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Mix and match them for a contemporary take on a traditional blue and white look, and create a real talking point at your table.
Size: 42cm x 42cm
HOW THEY ARE MADE
Karin Hall is a passionate maker, teacher, traveller and art lover living on the Mornington Peninsula in Southern Victoria, Australia. Six years ago Karin left her life and work in Melbourne to find her own little piece of paradise in Byron Bay, at a time of great upheaval. With the support of some exceptional and inspirational women of all ages and paths, she found her true passion and fell in love with indigo blue. “Blue is the colour of peace and tranquility and also the power of a wild ocean. It can be cool and aloof and yet emotional and teary. It's crisp and clean and sophisticated but can be grungy and utilitarian too. I fell in love with indigo blue for its rich, and yet subtle, colour range and it's connection to authentic and indigenous cultures all over the world. Once I had fallen in love with that blue... I just wanted to dive into it! So now I can, and you can too.” Though synthetic indigo has been in use for many years, there is a resurgence of interest in the real, natural indigo. The story of natural indigo connects us to other times and places and hands of those who labour to dye the perfect blue; and the dying process itself is magic. Indigo powder is extracted from the leaves of the indigo plant and is dry, and totally insoluble in water until a proper dye vat is prepared. Some dyers use chemicals to do this but Karin works with the most natural ingredients to create a vat that is as harmless as possible. Indigo dye vats seem to have a mind of their own and can be fickle friends. It is a very involved process and can be frustrating at times! Dying small pieces of fine fabric is so much easier than the large pieces, but Karin’s practice continues to change and evolve with each new experience.