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.
Bracelet ‘Venezia’ depicts the signature fabric pattern featured as the focal motif of present gift set. Visualization is carried by tending to brown rose-red Rhodonite with “paysage tracery” and color variety of Mookaite from mustard yellow to plum purple.
The center piece of this dynamic composition is the color spectrum crimson shades.
Due to its bright beautiful color and excellent ability to be polished, Rhodonite is considered a high-quality decorative and ornamental material. Unevenly colored “paysage”, or landscape, Rhodonite is used as a jewelry and facing gem.
Satellite gem to Rhodonite in ‘Venezia’ bracelet is Mookaite. As a silicified type of Radiolarite, this rock comes from pre-historical sedimentary layers and have been known to mankind since the dawn of civilization. Strong evidences of these materials usage date back to the Stone Age. Radiolarite is a very hard rock and therefore was extensively used by stone-age men for tools and weapons. It has therefore been called the iron of the Paleolithic.
As a matter of fact, Radiolarite inherits its name after tiny creatures inhabited ancient primary ocean. Single-celled beings formed intricate mineral skeletons of incredible shapes. Later, the silica fossil remains aggregated into vast sedimentary layers waiting to be once discovered by future dwellers of Earth. Check radiolaria to behold true aliens on our planet!
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. Gift set ‘Lyon’ is displayed in vintage cotton series by Atelier Silk Road.