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December 10, 2022
On cold winter nights, all you want to do is curl up in a warm blanket and watch Netflix or reading a book while sipping a warm beverage like hot chocolate or tea.
TerraKlay handmade throw blankets exemplify the beauty of natural materials and simple colors. One that will keep you warm, can be passed down as an heirloom, and will last a long time.
Surely there can’t be that much difference, except the handmade blankets can take longer to make?
That’s where you’d be wrong. A hand-woven or knitted blanket is more than just a blanket; it's the story of the women artisan who crafted it, it's the love and attention to detail that went into creating that blanket for you and it is the commitment to keeping old traditions alive.
During the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, I started working with two small groups of women artisans in North India. Situated in the beautiful terrain of Uttarakhand around 15 hours north of the capital Delhi. We first communicated by email but this soon led to phone calls. Over many hours we formed deep connections and shared family stories as well as conversed about business. Distance became irrelevant.
One group of women, Maati Sangathan (Women Collective) have worked together since the 90s and work hard to promote women's rights and help enable them to make money at home and a supportive community. TerraKlay works with 10 women artisans who hand weave our blankets using all local wool, all naturally dyed.
The other group of women, the Himalayan Naari (Himalayan Women) are knitters located in Chakouri. TerraKlay collaborates with 50 knitters, to knit our throw blankets. They also knit woolen mittens, caps and other winter products. They work to improve their lives, showing that they can be financially independent and work from home even in rural, mountainous regions.
Our artisans use handlooms and knitting to create beautifully crafted traditional wool textiles.
Our luxury knitted blankets are lovingly created using 100% Merino wool. It takes about 3-4 weeks to complete one knitted blanket and nearly weighs 4 pounds. Our blankets drape elegantly over furniture, ready to provide warmth and comfort on a cold winter's night. Our artisans create a small range of stylish hand-crafted knitted blankets from the comfort of their own homes. A perfect metaphor as the finished blankets is a welcome addition to your home.
Our woven blankets are made using a variety of wool mixes, primarily Merino and cruelty-free Angora wool all naturally dyed. Making them super soft, plush, and warm, our blankets come in a range of colors, and complimentary shades of gray, brown, and white make our blankets the perfect gift for any home. Hand weaving is a craft that has been passed down through generations, our artisans are helping keep this traditional craft alive and creating stunning products to share with you at the same time.
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