Shweta Kasana of Woolgathering Company will be kicking off Khazana's first TEA + TEXTILE series of 2017!
Woolgathering company was founded to allow longtime friends Shweta and Sam to live life in a slow, deliberate way. To allow them to day dream as much as they liked and support others like them. They found artisans to be kindred souls and figured out a way to work with them.
Their focus is to make sure people like themselves can afford artisanal goods. Working directly with artisans allows them to do that. Shweta is involved as a designer as well. Along with the master artisans she adapts old crafts and processes to make them relevant in the modern world. Like taking a nordic design and developing it into a bedsheet on a handloom in Southern India.
Her one true love is hand loomed brocade from Varanasi, a fabric slowly turning into a rarity. Brocade, often described as embroidery of the loom, is luxurious and opulent, a textile people easily fall in love with. In another two decades it might find itself encased in glass boxes in museums. Shweta and many others are part of a small movement that is trying to revive hand loomed brocade