Wool Rug - Iwana Ken
Rug (Wool Chainstitch) design by Iwana Ken
Kaltjiti Arts and Crafts, 86 x 148 cm
This item is a product of the cross cultural projects run by Better World Arts. These projects are a cultural and economical exchange between Australian Aboriginal artists and traditional cottage industry artisans in Kashmir. These items are designed in Australia and handmade in Kashmir.
Chain-stitch is a traditional Kashmiri handicraft and important to the local economy. This work is produced in remote villages and provides an important supplementary income between harvests and other rural work. Wool is dyed in situ and groups of people gather in local homes surrounded by family and friends, to work. Finished rugs are washed in near by streams. The stitching is done by hand using an 'aari', a sharp hooked tool similar to a crochet hook.