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.