Organic bed linen created by quality handmade techniques
Textile designer Tarsha Burn spent over two years in ethical research to create Organic Bed Threads as a leading organic bed linen label.
A stickler for delivering what she promises, she had many a bumpy ride in rickshaws, jigging across India to align with likeminded manufacturers.
Tarsha is very respectful of age-old techniques and believes they should be revitalized and preserved, especially in an era when they are dying out due to mass production.
The organic bed linen created by Organic Bed Threads uses five handmade techniques to create fun, jovial and elegant designs:
Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks.
Traditionally carried out by males, it is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing. India has extensively used this artisan method on fabrics since 16th century, when the Dutch merchants bought such goods and placed them on the world map.
Screen-printing is not an old process compared to other known processes such as wood block printing but has been invented several times over around the world. Though in comparison, silk screen printing can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. in India. It has been theorised that the original idea came from inhabitants of Polynesia, by watching the rain falling through holes made by insects into the leaves.
Basically it is a stencil process using an open mesh fabric within a frame, to hold in place the negative space of the design through which inks are forced using a flexible blade called a squeegee. Hand and machine screen printing are available, we choose hand screen printing.
Appliqué is the process of stitching small pieces of cloth to a contrasting one. At a time when woven fabrics were scarce, the unwoven parts of a textile would be salvaged and used to repair clothing or furnishings. A logical step progressed for the applied fabric to be cut out into interesting shapes to form a new design and stitched in a decorative manner.
Introduced into India in the 11th century, applique has become a popular craft used in almost every ritual celebration or festival in the country. For the Indian culture, bold, bright processional canopies were adorned with dazzling fragments of shisha mirror reflecting the sunlight as their superior form of applique.
Threads that are stitched in a myriad of techniques to create decorative patterns are wonderfully rich and varied as it draws from numerous cultures and many centuries of tradition. Hand work is a language unto itself, either done alone or in groups.
In India, women group together to work on large textiles as a means of speeding up the creative work and as a social interaction while they tend to their domestic duties.
Machine Embroidery & Finishings
Tailored machine work allows for a broader array of stitch embroidery to be created - purely based on the speed of the machine.
While Organic Bed Threads uses both hand and machine work, the machine work is still very exclusive, hand-managed, not mass produced by machines unattended by human hand. Each machine sewer still applies and manipulates the fabric and the thread into a unique design.
The Beauty of Textile Irregularities
Organic Bed Threads' organic bedding designs have been manufactured using delicate and natural materials.
They have been individually designed, hand printed and sewn using traditional Indian artisanal techniques of wood block printing, screen printing, applique and hand embroidery.
All the irregularities and inconsistencies that you may find are part of its unique hand crafted character, beauty and texture and enhances its value as a textile art-form.