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An Absolute Necessity

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“The work is an absolute necessity for me.
I can’t put it off, I don’t care for anything but the work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy when I can’t go on with my work.
Then I feel like a weaver who sees that his threads are tangled, and the pattern he had on the loom is gone to hell, and all his thought and exertion is lost.”
(From “Stranger on the Earth : A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh” (1996) by Albert J. Lubin, p. 22)

This is one of our handloom workshops in Varanasi (Benaras).
Varanasi weavers have to struggle with many issues since the industry collapsed fifteen years ago and half the workshops of the city had to close.
RED HALO has settled a program in order to help a few of them, it is a drop in the ocean but in our humble and limited way we are trying to maintain a few people to carry on this amazing heritage which remains in the Eternal city.

RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
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The Balancing Color

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“The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.”
(Leonardo da Vinci – Italian Renaissance polymath, 1452–1519)

This blueish tone of light green is called turquoise, the name comes from the French for Turkish.
This friendly and happy color is worn by many people in India.
In color psychology, this shade controls and heals the emotions creating emotional balance and stability.
It is a combination of blue and a small amount of yellow and it fits in on the color scale between green and blue.
It radiates the peace, calm and tranquility of blue and the balance and growth of green with the uplifting energy of yellow.
Turquoise recharges our spirits during times of mental stress and tiredness, alleviating feelings of loneliness.
Focussing on the color whether on a wall or clothing allows to feel instant calm and gentle invigoration, ready to face the world again…
Being the mid color between the extremes of red and violet, it is the color of balance, for the emotions, thoughts and speech.
Turquoise is calming yet invigorating, restoring depleted energies, it enhances the ability to focus and concentrate, assisting with clear thinking and decision-making, and the development of good organizational skills.
This shade also represents open communication from and between the heart and the spoken word.
It relates to the electronic age and the world of computers, and communication on a large scale.

This picture was shot in a little workshop in Varanasi (Benaras) held by a Muslim family who manufactures several fabrics for Red Halo.
Those turquoise threads are used in order to weave a traditional silk brocade on a handloom machine.
This traditional artcraft transmitted from generation to generation contributed to the fame of the oldest living city in the world.RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.

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Weaving Dreams

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by designldg

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“We all have our own life to pursue,
Our own kind of dream to be weaving…
And we all have the power
To make wishes come true,
As long as we keep believing.”
(Louisa May Alcott – American Author, 1832-1888)

This is a handloom in one of our workshops in Varanasi (Benaras).
The warp threads pass alternately through a heddle and through a space between the heddles (the shed), so that raising the shaft raises half the threads (those passing through the heddles), and lowering the shaft lowers the same threads—the threads passing through the spaces between the heddles remain in place.
There is magic in the whole process which is made of the same “stuff as dreams are made on” (Shakespeare)…
Varanasi weavers have to struggle with many issues since the industry collapsed fifteen years ago and half the workshops of the city had to close.
RED HALO has settled a program in order to help a few of them, it is a drop in the ocean but in our humble and limited way we are trying to maintain a few people to carry on this heritage.
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RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people living with difficulties and education to children.
“Like” the new RED HALO page on Facebook and join this amazing human adventure in Varanasi.,www.facebook.com/redhalo.in

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A Red Brocade

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“But I hate things all fiction… there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric – and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.”
(Lord Byron – English Romantic poet and satirist, 1788-1824)

This fabric made of silk and cotton on a jacquard loom is following the traditional weaving process which contributed to the legendary brocades of Varanasi.
(Cushion & Bed cover style “Ashok”- 50% Silk & 50% Cotton – Collection RED HALO)
RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.

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About Fashion

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.
Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
(Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – French fashion designer, 1883-1971)

This is a new scarf made of wool and silk and woven with a Jamawar design on traditional handloom.
This was shot with natural light at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras).
Anand, our favourite model is once again posing for the new catalogue of next winter.
(Collection RED HALO – Scarf style “NOOR” – Col. Heather)

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The Ultimate Accessory

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“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.”
(Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – French fashion designer, 1883-1971)

This is a new scarf made of wool and silk and woven with a Jamawar design on traditional handloom.
This was shot a few hours ago with natural light at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras).
Anand, our favourite model is once again posing for the new catalogue of next winter.
(Collection RED HALO – Scarf style “NOOR” – Col. Black)

Geometry of Feelings

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by designldg

“Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.”
(Alexander Pushkin – Russian author, 1799-1837)

The Bhadohi district located at 45 Km from Varanasi (Benaras) is the biggest carpet manufacturing centre in India.
Well known carpets from Bhadohi cover all kind of ranges from mass market to the highest qualities, they are manufactured in various styles and designs.
This is a close-up shot in the factory of my Indian family where I always enjoy to take pictures.