SOUTH, CENTRAL & EAST ASIA | Clothing, accessories, jewelry
House of Wandering Silk had its beginnings in the foothills of Pakistan's Karakoram Mountains, where founder and former development worker Katherine Neumann was living and working with humanitarian aid organisation ACTED. Fascinated by the textile traditions of that and other far-flung regions to which her work took her, Katherine began working with women artisans and after settling in New Delhi, decided to channel her experience in humanitarian aid into the full-time running of House of Wandering Silk.
The backbone of House of Wandering Silk is the idea, as expressed by Gandhi, that "there is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness". In carefully selecting cooperatives, women's groups, NGOs and artisans with whom to partner, and mixing handcrafted with vintage and upcycled materials, House of Wandering Silk aims to offer products that are unique yet traditional, desirable yet sustainable. The name reflects the journey of materials from raw to finished, and reminds the consumer to consider all the hands by which an item has been created for their pleasure.
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House of Wandering Silk is based in India and works with artisans principally in south and central Asia; learn more about them through the brand's Meet the Makers series.