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 ‘Sogdia’ got its name after ancient Sogdia region that at different times included key territories located in the heart of Central Asia. Counting already four thousand years of its civilization, Sogdia was rather a large network of city-states, from one oasis to another, linking nothing less that the worlds. The Sogdians served as the primary middlemen between the Chinese Han Empire and the Parthian Empire of the Middle East and West Asia. Along the Silk Road, they played a major role in facilitating trade between China, India and Byzantium. Sogdian language had soon become a lingua franca for Asian trade. Nowadays a descendant of one of its dialects is still spoken by confined ethnos Yaghnobi of Tajikistan.
Bracelet ‘Sogdia’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by pale cloudy spectrum of Blue Quartz accentuated by tending to brown rose-red Rhodonite with “paysage tracery”.
The center piece of this restrained composition is Blue Quartz. Ancient Greeks referred to it as “krustallos” meaning “icy cold”, in consonance with the Romans believing the mineral to be a form of permanently frozen water after great lengths of time. Later in Europe and the Middle East different varieties of quartz were most commonly used for various types of jewelry and hard stone carvings, including engraved gems, cameos, rock crystal vases and extravagant vessels.
Satellite gem to Blue Quartz in ‘Sogdia’ bracelet is Rhodonite. Due to its bright beautiful color and excellent ability to be polished, the mineral is considered a high-quality decorative and ornamental material. Unevenly colored “paysage”, or landscape, rhodonite is used as a jewelry and facing gem.
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.