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New Project Kilims have arrived


This is one of our 12 new and unique project kilims.

The project, called DOBAG (an acronym for Dogal Boya Arastirma ve Gelistirme Projesi — Turkish for Natural Dye Research and Development Project), started back in 1981 and was an almost instant success. Within a few years, not only were hundreds of weavers involved in selling their naturally dyed rugs through the DOBAG cooperative, but weavers in nearby villages were learning to use natural dyes and were selling rugs in the open market.

The discovery of old dyes i still on going, and you will find some of the best examples available in the UK today at www.therealrugcompany.co.uk

Wedding pashminas


With the madness of Christmas out of the way , in the business of pashminas, we are looking forwards to the wedding season.

Mypashmina.co.uk are offering up to 20% off for brides … and a further 5% rebate if customers send in photos of the pashminas ‘in action’ at a wedding ! Quite generous really. We like seeing people getting married.

The most popular pashminas for brides are the jacquard water pashmina and the pashmina with Swarovski crystals. Bridesmaids usually get the classic 7030 stoles, and some rich and generous people give all their guests pashminas as gifts.

Project Kilims from Turkey


The skill of making a large variety of rich colours from natural dyes almost became lost, and it is no longer known how to make quite a few colours. Gradually these skills are being rediscovered…

kilims are hand weaving with needle. they are %100 hand made. meaning of this is %100 hand spin wool + %100 natural colours + % hand weaving. they are projekt kilims. this projekt start 1990 by the government the name is ”dobag”. meaning of this is: returnning to the tradition. because al this natural colours are missing dye’s. we work in this projekt to try to give life agein for a missing culture and the dye.2000 peaple has been working for the projekt. in the and we find very beatiful and valuable colours. the kilims you have now they are the best new kilims of the world. be sure aboute this. as much as you use they get better and better. the wool get’s soft and shinning. by the time when they are old they are becoming more and expensive and valuable. in the year one time you can wash them (cold water and shampoo). if you drop on them anything dont worry they are not absorb them in side.because hand spin wool is only absorb things if you are boild them… ” (Hasan, Turkey , January 2008)

These Kilims are available at www.therealrugcompany.co.uk which also supplies Flokati Rugs, Cowhides, Reindeer hides.

Banavata.com and Banavata.co.uk Websites Launched

Wholesale enquiries are welcome – Any style , any colour and any size. 0208 123 0557 / paulking@mypashmina.co.uk

BANAVATA is our exciting new brand of clothing and shawls that are 80% bamboo and 20% cashmere – dyed with natural vegetable dyes. All items are handmade in Nepal.

What is the benefit of bamboo?

Comfort & Feel: Due to bamboo fiber’s cross section which is composed of a matrix with various microscopic gaps, bamboo fiber is more breathable, comfortable and thermal regulating than cotton, wool or any other synthetic fiber thereby keeping you cooler, drier and more comfortable all day. This unique micro-structure allows bamboo apparel to absorb and evaporate perspiration faster than any other fabric. It’s nice not to have your clothes sticking to your skin in the hot summer or during exercise!

Bamboo apparel is hypoallergenic. Bamboo’s organic and natural fiber properties make it non-irritating to the skin making it a pleasant alternative for anyone with skin sensitivities or other allergies and dermatitis. Bamboo apparel also protects you from UV rays, naturally.

Environment. Our Bamboo apparel is good for our ecosystems because Bamboo does not require pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers, and does not involve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In contrast, cotton crops are one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world receiving 3-5 times greater application of pesticides per acre than other crops like corn or soybeans. The chemicals used on the cotton crops are linked to ground and surface water contamination, and even the pollution of drinking water (such nitrates from nitrogen fertilizer are known to cause methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby syndrome” in infants). Cotton crop pesticides are also the greatest crop contributor to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute to low level ozone and smog formation, increasing the green house effect. These chemicals are also documented as causing death and loss of reproductive ability in fish and wildlife. It may surprise you to know that it takes about a pound of chemicals to grow the cotton contained in a cotton t-shirt and pants.

Biodegradable. Further, Bamboo fibers are biodegradable, unlike synthetic textile fibers. Synthetic textile fibers are also made from non-renewable petroleum, and can even emit harmful gasses when incinerated. Almost all polyester/cotton blend fabrics are finished with formaldehyde, a carcinogen, added to make fabrics wrinkle or flame resistant. Our bamboo blends have no such chemical applications, and are all in compliance with, and have passed, the Class 1 flammability requirements for JCPenney, PPS#10-0804, under JCP-FL04-0902 and the Flammable Fabrics Act, 16 CFR, Chapter 11, Part 1610, Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles.

The BANAVATA range only uses natural vegetable dyes. This is why black is not available.


I think african fashion is great, and would love to deal more with Africa. These idiot scammers and spammers that seem to be located in Nigeria are doing siginificant harm to africa in general.

Mypashmina.co.uk will be stocking a gorgeuous range of leather bags from Kenya in the near future. I hope the troubles there dont get any worse !

http://www.arabianexposition.com/kenfashion.htm

Bamboo Mixed with Cashmere – BANAVATA


Clothes that are 80% Bamboo / 20% Cashmere. Great. Environmentally friendly, soft next to the skin,, and not quite as warm as pure cashmere. All in all great luxury clothing for spring, summer and autumn. Clothing made from bamboo naturally wicks moisture away from your body and feels almost as soft as cashmere. Bamboo also has natural antibacterial qualities and stays warmer in the cold and cooler in heat than most other fabrics. Because bamboo grows at a rate of about one foot per day, it is an easily renewable resource. Bamboo is eco-chic. Mypashmina.co.uk will be stocking the BANAVATA range in a couple of months. We are looking forward to it!

IKEA rugs



I went to IKEA in Göteborg yesterday. They had some excellent deals on christmas decorations.

Then i walked into the rugs section. Being involved with www.therealrugcompany.co.uk , i know a little about rugs. Oh my god, in IKEA they really do have the most budget quality of each style of rugs. The designer and the traditional rugs are fine, but the shaggy rugs , such as flokati, leather pile are absolutely cheap quality.

I would estimate that their Flokati are about 1400g/m2 or less, so less than half the thickness available online.

SLAO and Airboard in Sweden


Morning – I emailed every ski slope in Sweden to see if it was possible to use the airboard on the pistes. I even set up www.airboard.se . They all said NO. This is because the SLAO (ski association of Sweden) reckons they are dangerous to mingle with Ski’s and Snowboards, and simply regards them as toboggans. They are not toboggans. They are airboards, and they are brilliant. You can actually control them. In fact my level of skiing is so bad, that I am a lot less dangerous to people when flying down a hill on an airboard.

Airboarding in Switzerland


Brilliant new year ! We went to Switzerland to try out the Airboards ( available at www.snowhead.co.uk ) . The best place was Lenzerheide , but only because it was empty enough that we could go on the blue runs with the Airboards. To be honest the toboggan run there was too flat and slow, so it was lucky that we could get on the blue run. It was excellent and we were as fast as the snowboarders. For the airboards they are much better and more controllable if you are going a bit faster. They are easy to stop by simply twisting sideways.

The toboggan run at Flumserberg was steeper and potentially much better for airboards. However, the toboggans had trashed it by the afternoon, and it was really bumpy. Still , by going along the edge, we went flying past all the tobogans, and a small section of red run near the bottom was brilliant.

So, yes , i would highly recommend the airboards. Brilliant fun. I’d recommend going early in the morning when the toboggan runs are freshly pisted – or being a bit sneaky and storming down a blue run… oh and wear a helmet !