The strands are rolled between wood and stone to soften, smooth and polish the fibres. The hemp is then spun on a spinning wheel and wound onto hand held spools, The hemp is boiled several times to further soften the fibres.
The strands are spliced and prepared for weaving on a traditional wooden loom. The end result is a strong durable cloth that has natural striations and slubs throughout, that adds to its unique organic beauty.
This ancient fibre has been cultivated around the world for 12 000 years and I believe holds a firm place in the future. It has a low environmental impact and yields three times as much raw fibre as cotton.
I believe this fabric has more integrity than any other fabric I have used.
I spent some time sketching the bird and cage and then transposed the drawings into hand cut stencils. I then screen printed the hemp using water based ink. The cage is a lovely canary yellow colour, and the bird is jet black. I heat fixed the prints once they were dry.
I then sewed the purse including a layer of wadding and a fabulous orange cotton lining that has the Sir Tom label screen printed in black to one side.
Finally, I attached the gorgeous silver nickel kisslock frame to keep all your goodies safe and sound.
Top - 15cm (6")
Bottom - 17cm (6.5")
Height - 12cm (5")
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