Handwoven Wall Art - 8
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Handwoven fabric wall art
- Framed fabric panel, design 8 of 9
- Each panel takes a week to weave on a traditional wooden backstrap loom
- Each panel has been woven by one of nine weavers in refugee camps in Burma
- Framed in simple teak frame and ready to hang
- Exquisite quality, soothing colours and a story behind the product which will be a talking point for years to come (see below)
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The Story behind the Wall Art
This set of nine handwoven wall panels is the work of nine of Burma's most talented weavers. Each panel has been woven by a different weaver and takes up to a week to weave. They are woven on traditional wooden backstrap looms by refugees in IDP camps just north of Yangon.
Burma’s textiles are arguably the richest part of their craft culture. Each of the country’s 135+ ethnic groups has its own patterns and traditional techniques which have been passed down through the generations.
We wanted both to celebrate this exquisite, ancient craft, and elevate it to the status of art. We also wanted to support these weavers who have been displaced from their homes in Burma’s western Rakhine state by civil war and have spent the last two years living in makeshift homes in IDP camps an hour north of Yangon. They have had to rebuild their lives from scratch, and this project has provided much-needed income at a challenging time.
We partnered with Turquoise Mountain who have taken the weavers through a training programme which has resulted in this spectacular piece of art.
Each piece speaks to the next, and the whole is a beautiful, intricate expression of the variety and harmony of the weaving motifs of this ethnic group. Through these works, we will tell the stories behind the motifs, and draw attention to what we believe to be the most interesting part of Myanmar’s craft culture.
Watch the weavers at work
Have a closer look at the panels
Meet the Weavers
Our nine weavers were chosen from a wider group of 27 for their incredible weaving skills. They are ethnically Chin and were displaced from Burma’s western Rakhine State in late 2019 by the conflict between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar Armed Forces.
They have lived in IDP camps north of Yangon for two years where they and their families have had to rebuild their livelihoods from scratch.
Each panel has been handwoven on a traditional backstrap loom, each taking up to a week to weave
The nine weavers have all been displaced from their homes by conflict and live in IDP camps
Unique, handwoven wall art of unrivalled quality - these are incredibly special
As Seen in the FT
"The project is in collaboration with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, an NGO initially founded by Prince Charles to preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. It aims to conserve the craft heritage of the country but also provides much-needed income for the makers who are now living in camps."