SCARLET upholds the principal of equitable distribution of resources to promote further growth and development of this trade for the betterment of the communities. To find out where we are doing this, follow the country pages below.
India a nation diverse in ethnic groups has developed over centuries the many rich art forms they have today. More often, they are also environmentally more sustainable with the use of natural dyes.
Gadsisar Lake, Jaisalmer
Our textiles are made from centuries old tradition of block printing, Kalamkari and Ajrakh. These two art forms were birthed in different parts of india, Kalamkari in Andra Pradesh and Ajrakh from the Kutch region. Handblock Kalamkari requires intensive labor of many steps, where every layer of natural dyeing requires washing in running water, separated by a starching process to prevent colour running through.
Nehengrah Fort, Jodhpur
Ajrakh block printing is resist-dyeing method, it begins with engraving of intricate designs on wooden blocks before it is hand pressed with the resist base of lime and acacia gum. Designs on the blocks are then hand pressed in natural dyes, washed and dried after each successive design followed by dyeing.
Dadar flower market (top), Crawford market (bottom), Mumbai
Mashru weaving a handloom art is an ingenious idea of weaving cotton and silk together for the muslim community as they believed that that silk should not touch one's skin. This creative solution born a luxuriously smooth fabric where the line of cushion covers are made from.
"The author shares his respect and admiration for Afghanistan's stoic people, who, somehow, despite political upheavals, forced resettlement, a harsh climate and often primitive nomadic conditions, manage to fashion exquisite works of art which reflect their pride in their many faceted heritage" Author Richard Parsons, The CARPETS of AFGHANISTAN.
On the dusty hills in Kabul
The beauty of the scarlet yarns woven into fine carpets contrasts greatly with the colour of the land. Carpets are in every part of an Afghan home, where they eat and pray.
Shrine of Hazrat Ali (Blue Mosque), Mazar-e Sharif
Mazar, capital of Balkh province is surrounded by weaving districts and is a place where they are marketed. The exquisite craftsmanship with great potential in creating employment and businesses struggles to enter into the international market when faced with internal conflicts and external competition. Many of the Afghan rugs now are made outside of Afghanistan due to the forced resettlement of the diaspora.
Feeding of doves at the courtyard of the Mosque. Legend tells that doves are pure white because of the sanctity of the mosque (top), Turquoise calm (bottom), Mazar-e Sharif
We invite you to own a piece of art.