Size: 4” x 4” (10.16 x 10.16 cm)
Front: Dark green organic hemp with plant-dye, vintage Hmong’s jacket patch attached
Reverse: Navy blue cotton
Set of 6 coaster with vintage decoration highlighted
Dry Clean or Wash with Cold Water & Mild Detergent
Manual hemp weaving
This unique coaster set is using organic hemp with organic plant dye. Weaving hemp fabric is a labour-intensive process. The cultivation period occurs between April and October. Once the plants have been cut, the stems are laid along the ground for several weeks so the fibres are exposed. These must then be hand-wound to create a continuous yarn for weaving. The yarn is washed in ash and boiling water, which acts as a natural bleaching-agent, then crushed by foot-mill to produce a shiny and smooth finish. The complete textile is then woven manually on a wooden and bamboo loom. The end result is a highly durable, hypo-allergenic material has been produced without the chemical treatment required by other plant materials.
Today’s traditional hand-dyeing techniques are quite strange in our modern lives, and almost dyeing process is mechanized with advanced techniques. However, The Hmong still retain their tradition. From specific plants, Hmong People dye their fabric with many featured colors extracted from their plants. From organic hemp dyed with those pigments, Viethnic’s artisans create our own products with environment protection significance. Some of popular plants used are close with Hmong People’s life, they are source of natural colors. Depending on how dark the artisan wants to make the material, repeated dyeing and drying may be required.
Please Note: Every item is one of a kind and no two are alike. The dyed palette comes from all-natural botanical pigments, and each product gets its unique character from washing and drying under the Vietnamese sun. Handmade items are not factory made; therefore these items may have minor imperfections that add to their vintage charm.
( Source: Viethnic.com)