From girlhood, I had a passion for textiles and spent many absorbing hours on tapestry making. As a young woman, I watched with fascination as my grandfather’s partner set up her loom. Using only simple materials and her considerable skill, she proceeded to create works of art in the form of beautiful woollen scarves, soft of texture and dazzling of colour which were a true delight to the eye.
As often happens, life then got in the way and the years passed……
The concept of Intricate Weave struck me one morning while standing in a textile shop in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, holding a glorious silky dusky orange pashmina that glinted in the sun, and observing some business men packing suitcases of these textiles. Asking the owner what they were about, I was told they were from another region and buying textiles to sell. He told me his family made these beautiful creations. The memory of this occasion lingered in the back of my mind and was brought to the forefront during trips into the isolated areas of the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where they weave exquisite bed blankets out of wool, soft, light and warm. Life is hard in those mountains, isolated from the rest of the world. Wandering the alleys of the old walled medinas of Fes, Rissani and Marrakech, I came across family groups of weavers using fabrics such as cotton and silk made from the agave cactus to create beautiful pieces.
So the Intricate Weave concept comes to fruition with the purpose of assisting to preserve traditional weaving throughout the world, to provide people with a culture of self-reliance, so they can earn an income to benefit their families, villages and enrich their lives. The aim is to ensure that these age old traditions are preserved and passed to the next generation, not lost to mere memory.
In purchasing a woven piece of work, the buyer has acquired a practical, unique and exquisite item and has also made a contribution to conserving a way of life.
For the weavers, it assists in providing a better way of life for themselves and their families, and maintains their skills which can then be passed on to their children, thus ensuring the future of their craft.
Intricate Weave must use best business practice to cover all costs and make revenue so it can be self-sustaining. In the future it will contribute to selected projects in the areas where the products are sourced.
This is a social business designed to address a social objective.