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 ‘Avignon’ got its name after Avignon city located in Southeastern France. There are two prevailing interpretations of the city name origin: “the city of violent wind” or, more likely, “the lord of the river”. Nesting on the left bank of the river Rhône, major population of Avignon still inhabits the ancient town centre enclosed by its medieval ramparts. Through the centuries, city’s economy basis was silk weaving and the production of madder lake dye – alizarin crimson color.
Primarily cultivated since antiquity in Central Asia, madder has soon become widely spread over the ancient world as a source of red dye. In XVIII century the best varieties were considered Levant and Avignon. The first went on sale as a root, whereas Avignon variety mostly ground, ready-to-use. Natural rose madder supplied half the world with red, until 1868, when its alizarin component became the first natural dye to be synthetically duplicated. European weaving tradition has contributed to history with the large number of new fabrics, notably produced in Avignon.
Bracelet ‘Avignon’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by faceted Carnelian (orange spectrum), Blue Agate (dawn sky) and Angelite (glacier soft).
The center piece of this rhythmic, like weaving, composition is optical contrast in shades. Core notes are set by flamboyant Carnelian from single spark in bead to dominant deep orange blaze crescendo, tamed then by pacifying balance of Blue Agate and Angelite. The inner pulse of composition beats in interchange of cold shades from dawn sky blue to glacier soft.
The word “carnelian” derives from Latin “cornum” – the cornel cherry, whose translucent red fruits resemble the stone. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet rings and correspondence wax seals as hot wax does not stick to Carnelian. It has also been granted for Assyrian cylinder seals and Egyptian sacred scarabs.
As a matter of fact, Agate was given its name by Greek philosopher and naturalist Theophrastus, who discovered the stone along the shore line of the Achates river over two millennia ago. The ornamental use of Agate dates back to Ancient Greece in assorted jewelry and in the seal stones of warriors. Nowadays it is still implemented for decorative displays, cabochons, beads, carvings and intarsia art as well as face-polished and tumble-polished specimens of varying size and origin.
The name Angelite comes from the Greek word “angel” as it has been associated with the color of the sky and angel wings. Though scientifically described only at the end of XX century, Angelite has been known for centuries according to some researchers.
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. Every pattern represents a story of life, vivid emotions, hopes and aspirations, great and pure love.
Recently we have enlarged the range of craft fabrics featuring vintage hand-dyed Italian cotton as our step towards upcycling concept. Materials in this series date back to 1970’s and pay tribute to textile prints diversity of European weaving Golden age. Unfold the thousand-year history of legendary Silk Road through authentic regional fabrics and folklore.