HAND WOVEN FABRICS

Slow Lane promotes a sustainable lifestyle through individually handcrafted products made with materials sourced locally in attempt to reduce the carbon footprint. All of our products are made in our own workshop or by crafts-people who work closely with us and share our philosophy. The hand woven fabrics used in Slow Lane include vintage hand-spun and hand-woven fabrics from northern Jiangsu and southwest Guizhou and hand-woven fabric from Dingcun of Shanxi province.

Hand-spun and hand-woven fabric is woven by hand on traditional wooden looms using all natural cotton, the looms are entirely manually operated. Hand-weaving is a hereditary skill in the villages of old China. The whole process of weaving is complex from beginning to end and the key stages were dying, carding, spinning, warping, weaving, mending, washing, drying and finishing, altogether seventy-two complex production processes to make the strong and durable fabrics. In earlier times hand-weaving was part of rural life along with farming, thatching and fishing. The women of the household were also able to work from home carding, dyeing and spinning cotton. These tasks could be undertaken in their own time and enabled them to earn much needed income without leaving the locality. Patterns on every single bale of the hand-weaving fabrics are one-of-a-kind, hence almost all the products made using hand-woven fabrics are limited edition. Fabrics from Yangtze River Delta were woven prior to late 70’s, hence they are antique fabrics. Yarn of special texture such as incidental knots during winding and reeling is considered as precious qualities that make it unique.

Hand-woven fabrics presented in Slow Lane come from Ding Cun of Shanxi province, one of the best preserved ancient villages in China, all the fabrics are custom-made for Slow Lane and then herbal-dyed in an internationally certified workshop in southern China. The fabrics are woven on traditional treadle looms.