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 ‘Alexandria’ got its name after Alexandria of Egypt, the city founded by Alexander the Great. Called the “Bride of the sea” by locals, it was the largest city on the Mediterranean, for some centuries being second in scope only to Rome. Inheriting the trade of ruined Tyre, Alexandria has soon become the intellectual and cultural centre of the ancient world. As the focal point of commerce between Europe and Asia, it brought together people from diverse backgrounds.
Bracelet ‘Alexandria’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by verdant green Malachite accentuated by tending to brown rose-red Rhodonite with “paysage tracery”, gold plated faceted and matte carbon grey Hematite.
The center piece of this distinctive composition is easy to read once you recall the emblematic ambience of Egypt. Yellow radiance of sultry sands. Green vibrancy of life-giving oases. Rose blush of divine dawn on the horizon. And black transcendence of what has been called “Ta-Kemet” – the black earth, implying fertile land of Egypt as primary source of life.
Since the very antiquity, Malachite has been known both as a natural mineral pigment in green paints and as a highly prized ornamental material, thanks to vibrant shades. Because of its fine color and rarity in ancient world, Malachite was used in hard-stone 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.
Satellite gem to Malachite in ‘Alexandria’ 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.
Known to mankind since the dawn of civilization, Hematite usage strong evidences 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 ‘Alexandria’ is displayed in organic cotton series by Atelier Silk Road.