Recycled vintage saris are torn into ribbons and hand stitched into soft 100% cotton fabric by the members of A Stitch in Time.
This design called Alo – which in Bangla means light, also means the darkness these fun-loving young women once knew is disappearing – and we’re so glad! “When we sew we don’t think about our old lives, we’re happy!” A much brighter future awaits as they earn well, save and build strong dreams.
The dashes of sari colours across the soft cotton are like the many flickering small clay lamps that flood celebrations of any kind in Bangladesh. And celebrate we do – every time we get together!
The stitch used to create this pattern means it’s wholly reversible, with stripes 1″ apart made of diagonal stitches on one side and tiny horizontal dashes on the other. Two for one!
We have stock of one-off 5 yard pieces and yardage made to order is minimum 15 yards. Do be in touch for any more info.
The base fabric is an undyed 100% cotton spaced 1/2″ check weave, an ideal canvas for many motifs. The maximum length of a single fabric piece is approx 15-20 yards or 14-18 metres. Natural dyes of indigo blue, coconut brown and grey from local seeds can be used to dye the fabric before stitching, or after the whole piece is finished. AZO Free (non-carcinogenic) dyes are also available for other colours. Dyeing can be plain or done using a variety of hand resist techniques … have at it!!!
1. Vintage saris are carefully selected from the market for quality of fabric and colour fastness. Preferred colour palettes can be requested.
2. Fabrics are accurately measured and cut into ribbons.
3. Large, big eye needles are threaded with the colourful ribbon and 1 or 2 embroiderers precisely hand stitch the cotton cloth.
CONTENT: 100% cotton including recycled cotton saris.
WIDTH: 30″ / 76cm
WEIGHT: Approx. 6oz / 165gsm – medium weight
CARE: Cold hand wash or gentle cycle with similar colours.
Air dry and iron whilst damp to retain the appearance of the fabric. For a more textured appearance tumble dry on low heat.
SUITABLE: lightweight jackets, skirts, drapes, throws, cushion covers, very cute scarves and anything where bit of WOW works!