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 ‘Taklamakan’ got its name after the harsh Taklamakan desert stretching in nowadays Northwest China. Folklore describes it as a place “once you get in, you will never get out”. Ringed by mountain belt, Taklamakan since antiquity has disposed extremely little water and was therefore reasonably risky to cross. Ancient merchant caravans roamed among vital oases lying along the desert leg of Silk Road across Central Asia. Once thriving towns, now only sand-buried ruins in sparsely inhabited areas, they have revealed a lot of their both treasures and dangers, pointing to former close intercultural relations.
Bracelet ‘Taklamakan’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by glossy black Onyx and mirror polished deep grey Hematite.
The center piece of this ascetic composition is the thrill of a moonless night in desert, the most challenging time for traveling peddlers and caravans.
Onyx keeps a long history as gem for hard-stone carving and jewelry cuts used by major civilizations. It is now known that black Onyx has served as talisman for wayfarers, nomads and travelers, guiding them through the night and, in idea that darkness is the robe of evil, guarding against their fears and anxiety.
As a matter of fact, the eyes of divine statues in Ancient Egypt have been of black Onyx in belief that through them gods could behold the soul of the praying one.
Satellite gem to Onyx in ‘Taklamakan’ bracelet is Hematite, known to mankind since the dawn of civilization. Strong evidences of this mineral usage date back to the Stone Age. The red chalk writing of Hematite was one of the earliest in the human history. The powdery mineral was first used possibly for social purposes, that later led to the separation of ocher as a pigment.
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.
Recently the idea stepped forward, embracing organic cotton for the same purpose of manufacturing native patterns on fabric, previously reserved for the silk weaving only. Gift set ‘Taklamakan’ is displayed in organic cotton series by Atelier Silk Road.