Design exploration through creative collaboration

June 22, 2020

Design exploration through creative collaboration

The progressive collaboration behind the Wild Luxury Blanket Collection.

Innovation and collaboration lie at the heart of our collections and our time spent working with makers in Nepal is by far one of our favourite parts of what we do. Our collaborations are joyful meetings of creative ideas, life experiences and different cultural backgrounds. From Scotland and the Himalayas to Kathmandu and Shanghai, we bring people together from all over the world to forge design that celebrates Nepalese culture through cross-border innovation.  

The Wild Luxury Collection is our first collection of yak wool blankets and its designs were inspired by the wild nature of the Himalayas and the communities and iconic animals that live there. The Collection is tactile, experimental and unique, and pulls together a range of weaving methodologies, textures and finishes to create textiles that are as conceptual as they are playful.

Our Jaṅgalī Blanket uses five different weaving methods, creating a cross-section of varying textures and surfaces that are wholly representative of the Himalayan wild. Each texture serves as an experimental expression of textile craft and during production, each was sampled and developed through mindful collaborations and introductions. Some methods used in the Jaṅgalī Blanket such as couching, are relatively unheard of in Nepal, so we looked to create a platform for makers to hone their skills by developing textural weaves that were new to them. We wanted to create a space for creativity inside the production of the blankets instead of taking the widely used ‘tell and do’ approach. 

The Prakāśa Blanket shifts from a dense to a somewhat diluted dispersal of woven loops, a methodology that again, is not very common in Nepalese textiles. Looping is intricate work with each and every stitch and loop counted and recorded for precision. The dispersal of loops led to multiple collaborative discussions, as well as a series of samples, to effectively develop a surface gradient that was dictated by texture instead of colour. 

Each blanket is crafted on a handloom by expert artisans in open-air weaving workshops in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The way in which our designers and makers collaborate to create new interpretations of design concepts is how we bring our designs to life. We enjoy dipping our toes in experimental waters to see what we can bring to the surface and the Wild Luxury Collection and it’s immersive and collaborative nature is our way of colliding both traditional craft and international design innovation. 

See the Wild Luxury Collection.

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