Atelier Silk Road together with Dignité has created one-of-a-kind collaboration gift set collection for those of you who appreciate both beauty and art, aesthetics and ethnical craftsmanship, sustainable business and intercultural support. The idea of paired gift sets has been unexpectedly ignited in profile discussion with graduated gemologist of Dignité on one of craftsmen meetings. Indeed, it often happens that chance encounters fetch vibrant projects.
In outline, gemologist is the one who identifies, grades, and appraises gemstones. Whereas gemstone is a mineral crystal used in cut and polished form to create jewelry and adornments.
Just like the colorful folklore pattern of oriental traditional fabric is assembled manually thread by thread, the topnotch gemstone bracelets by Dignité are mounted bead by bead. Over and above, these processes involve masterful creativity driven by passionate imagination. Though the leading role is played in core by nature itself, as the inherent beauty of both organic textile colorants and mineral crystals originates from the very essence of the world we live in.
High quality materials in skillful refinement provide pleasantness in daily use and durability. Every gift set is one-of-a-kind displaying unique unrepeatable pieces of signature fabric and gemstone bracelet in pattern designed exclusively upon the weave framework. The variety of collections includes organic silk, organic cotton and vintage cotton series with 2 stationery formats – sketchbook A4 and notebook A5. All craft items are designed and assembled in Belgium. Materials origin from sustainable sources presenting premium quality selections.
Set ‘Bactria’ got its name after ancient Bactria region nesting in the heart of Central Asia and called “beautiful Bactria crowned with flags”. From the 3d century BC the name of central part of Bactria appears in Chinese to designate a little-known kingdom located somewhere west of China. This was a consequence of the first contacts between two realms. These contacts immediately led to the dispatch of multiple embassies from both sides, which helped to develop trade along the Silk Road.
Bracelet ‘Bactria’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by translucent Amethyst (aerial petunia purple), faceted Lapis Lazuli (deep blue with metallic yellow inclusions of pyrite), and Malachite (verdant green).
The center piece of this saturated spectrum is cyclical triads of Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli and Malachite. Minerals represent those of the most precious gems of ancient world that have been prized since antiquity for intense deep colors.
Though invented by the French poet Remy Belleau in the XVI century, a legend begin Amethyst is nevertheless beautiful.
Bacchus, the god of wine and grapes, was pursuing a maiden named Amethyste, who refused his affections. Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the chaste goddess Diana answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethyste’s desire to remain chaste, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.
From ancient times Amethyst has been largely employed for intaglio engraved gems. In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia.
As a matter of fact, it was the Silk Road that introduced august costly Lapis Lazuli to Europe. Ground into powder, it has soon been implemented by Renaissance and Baroque artists as the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments – ultramarine – often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of painting. Meanwhile, Malachite has also been utilized as a natural mineral pigment in green paints since the very antiquity. Because of its fine color and rarity in ancient world, Malachite was used in hardstone carving technique for objects with ritual and religious purposes, engraved gems and signet rings, noblemen belt hooks and august vessels. It has been repeatedly featured in notable artworks of Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé.
The cornerstone of atelier Silk Road metier, that crowns every single item created, is authentic native silk manufactured in parochial areas of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Traditional weaving involves ethnical passionate creativity lead by local folklore and ancient myths. Manual processing and natural dyes make every piece of this signature silk out-and-outer. Touch the thousand-year history of Asian textile craftsmanship. Experience the unique and tender feeling of flowing silk on the tips of your fingers.
Every pattern represents a story of life, vivid emotions, hopes and aspirations, great and pure love. Immerse yourself into the inner sanctum of the legend behind this unique silk image.
They say that once the mighty ruler of Margilan fell in love with a village girl and wanted to take her to his harem. But the girl’s fiancé, a simple weaver, begged not to destroy their happiness. The ruler set a condition: by morning, the weaver had to create something that would make the ruler forget about the beauty of his bride. In despair, the weaver sat on the bank of watercourse. Suddenly he saw in the water the reflection of clouds, painted in all colors of the rainbow.
All night he worked at the loom and by the morning he had created an extraordinary fabric. Weightless as a cloud, cool as mountain air and iridescent with all the colors of the rainbow.
“How did you manage this?” asked overwhelmed ruler the weaver.
“I took the green of the foliage washed by the rain, added the color of tulip petals, the blush of the dawn, the blue of the night sky, the glare of the sun on the rapidly flowing water… the radiance of my beloved’s eyes”
The ruler let the lovers go in peace. Since then, the unusual fabric was called “Khan atlas” – royal silk.
Nowadays this type of fabric is known all over the world as “ikat”. It is the most unique among many of Uzbek natural silk kinds.