Monday, June 19, 2017

Registration Is Open!



The Maiwa School of Textiles has an ambitious line up for our 2017 fall workshops,
lectures and events led by the best local and international instructors.
We don't expect these spaces to last long.

All workshops below have openings as of this posting.





Full course descriptions, information on our studios, and our cancellation policy
can be found at:


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Khadi Cloth in a Variety of Weights & Sizes

New Bengal Shawls - keeping the great Indian tradition of khadi cloth alive. 

Step into summer with our latest khadi scarves and shawls in a variety of styles and weights. This collection features jamdani embellishments; a traditional technique where the artisan uses a supplementary weft thread to create intricate designs. They also showcase the metallic sparkle of zari (gold & silver plated thread), undulating ikat, and the softness and tradition of handspun handwoven khadi cloth.

What is Khadi?

Khadi is a handwoven cloth made from handspun threads.
But khadi is so much more than simply a beautiful type of fabric.  It is an idea of cultural self-sufficiency with deep roots in the Indian identity.

In its essence, khadi is a fabric created through personal labour without industrial machinery. Khadi thus harkens back to the centuries when India produced some of the world's most prestigious cloth. But with it’s emphasis on manual skills and hand production, khadi also had a central role to play in countering the displacement of family life that took place during industrialization.

Mahatma Gandhi saw khadi as a way to break India’s dependence on British manufactured cloth. As part of the non-violent freedom struggle, Gandhi understood that a return to hand-made cloth would strike an economic blow to Great Britain (India is one of the largest markets in the world) while empowering the Indian public with a sense of self that could be achieved by all. 

Gandhi’s exhortation to boycott British imports and mill-made fabric, and for everyone to spin and weave their own cloth, is now well known. The effect of the Swadeshi (homerule) movement had the side-effect of slowing the erosion of traditional Indian hand production; —especially weaving. Because “homespun” had played an important role in creating a national identity (the spinning wheel or “charka” is on the Indian flag) India’s craft sector continued to privilege traditional materials and methods. Handloom was encouraged and promoted.

Traditional handloom is a remarkably flexible technology. Its great advantage lies in the production of embellished fabrics such as jamdanis. A jamdani is a cloth with tiny motifs made out of supplemental weft threads. At each throw of the shuttle, the weaver stops and turns the threads of the each motif by hand. As the weaver progresses a field with patterned embellishment emerges.

Handloom also permits weaving from fibres too fine to be handled by industrial mills. The mechanism of the loom (almost always worked with bare feet) permits the weaver to judge by feel when it is too damp, or too dry to continue working with extremely fragile fine-spun cotton. Exceptional muslins - as light as the air itself - can be woven only for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening when the conditions are exactly right.

Khadi may be made from any fibres, but the term usually indicates cotton.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fall Registration is Near - Get Ready!


Registration takes place on June 19th at 10am (pst) and spaces fill up early.
Click on the link below and read on to find the best way to reserve your spot.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Perfect Shawl for Summer

The art of handweaving in Bengal is ancient. In some villages you can hear the flying shuttles of handlooms as you pass each and every dwelling on a village street. Maiwa works in collaboration with artisans to encourage longevity of skills. We commission pieces, such as jamdani and double warps, that can only be made by artisans who control each and every throw of the shuttle. 

Traditional Bengal weaving often begins with hand-spun cottons and silks. As these fibres are twisted into yarns, and as these yarns are woven into fabrics, the work passes from artisan to artisan, just as the weaving knowledge passes from generation to generation in an unbroken thread stretching back thousands of years. 

The richness and beauty of these shawls are perfect for summer.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For The Love of Indigo

Handwoven, Hand-tied, Stitch-Resist Shibori Shawls

Beautifully handwoven, the wild tussar silk weft creates a slight sheen, while the cotton warp offers full body and durability. These shawls are patterned through a hand-tied stitch-resist technique known as shibori and dyed in natural indigo, pomegranate or both.

Some are first dyed in pomegranate, stitch resisted, and finished in indigo, giving an elegant teal-blue shade.
The depth of shades and unique patterns are truly exquisite! These elegant pieces will thrive in your wardrobe for years to come.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Thing To Put Between Yourself And The Light


It’s the perfect time of year for these airy, light-weight curtains as they let the warm light stream in while still offering a subtle opacity.

The body of these curtains is very similar to our blank scarves and shawls — which means that they are ideal for blockprinting, shibori, fabric paint, and a whole range of surface design techniques.  Frame your windows with your own creativity!

Beautifully woven cotton curtains. Some feature jacquard details (dots and stripes) some feature metallic threads, all have a soft airy drape that creates a subtle opacity. Perfect to let a diffused light shine through.

Now in-store and online.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Handwoven at its Finest

Exquisitely Handwoven Shawls
from the WomenWeave Co-operative.

Creating some of the most contemporary hand-weaving in India today.

WomenWeave have re-invented the shawl, through manipulating the architecture of the cloth itself and working with combinations of different fibre types. Woven from beautiful soft Khadi, silks, wool, and blends, these naturally dyed shawls have depth of personality, colourful character, and a most wonderful drape and hand.

Now in-store and online.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Jutis Have Arrived!

These Jutis are handmade in Jodhpur, a city known for the intricate detail of its designs and the skill of its artisans. Soft leather is the canvas for exquisite Ari embroidery, the fine needlework technique which adorns the uppers. A plush, padded leather insole completes the shoe.

The leather softens and offers a nice give with wear.

These jutis are perfect to slip on and head to an event or wear around the house. They are also lovely as decoration because they are just so stunning. 

In Store and Online.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stock up Your Studio for May with Free Shipping!

Visit and receive


within Canada and the Continental U.S.A.

{Through the month of May}

Maiwa is constantly adding new products to the website.
Check back soon for updates.

See You Online!

Cannot be combined with other offers.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Merchant & Mills New Additions

Merchant & Mills

in 2010 Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field brought English bespoke traditions into the world of sewing patterns, scissors, and notions. Through their efforts an entirely new generation has embraced the idea that one can make their own clothes and have fun doing it. Everything about the line is finely tuned to the two words that Merchant and Mills use to defined themselves: Style and Purpose.

Maiwa is proud to be carrying Merchant and Mills. We sell patterns, notions and their exceptionally sharp scissors online. In Maiwa Supply we also stock a number of their yardage offerings.

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