Slow Color: Textiles with a Conscience
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When I noticed more than one of my favorite stores carrying the Slow Color line of handwoven throws and scarves, made with natural plant and mineral dyes, I took note. The Boulder-based company is on a mission to preserve ancient traditions; in this case, hand-loom weaving in India, where power looms are replacing hand-loom weavers at an alarming rate. Slow Color has enlisted master weavers, paying them four times their normal rate, and in an eco-conscious move, has substituted flax for cotton (the latter requiring large amounts of water in its production). Above: Crestone Throw shown in dark blue is made from natural indigo dyed linen; $210. Above: The Kurda Crossing Boulder Scarf in light blue (L) and dark blue (R) made from linen with a simple open gauze weave; $110. Above: A close-up of the woven linen. Above: The Durango Blanket (shown above in natural) is made from linen; $180. Above: The Slow Color palette features natural vegetable-based dyes. From L: red from Indian madder root, blue from indigo tinctoria, goat dung, palm sugar, and wheat husk; yellow from pomegranate rinds; and gray from jatropha curcas bark, palm sugar, and rusty nails. Above: A pot of indigo. Above: Hand-spun yarn waiting to be dyed. To see video on the Slow Color weavers in India, click here . Looking for something a little warmer? Check out these Striped French Throws from Alder & Co.