Hand-loomed silk mashroo blouse with long sleeves and open back detail. Features a square neckline, size zipper closure, subtle ruching on the inner seam of the sleeves, pleated cuffs, and raw hem. Featured in a luminous purple. Textile is woven on pit looms in Old Patan in a century old weaving house.
Mashroo was created to conform to the tenets of Islam which forbade silk to touch the skin. Weavers developed a fabric with a silk warp and cotton weft, whereas the cotton laid beneath and grazed the skin, while the silk floated on top. This enabled the ruling Islamic nobility to flaunt and wear the luxurious sheen of silk without breaking religious law. Mashroo became a widely popular export to the Ottoman Empire. In Patan, wealthy Hindu merchants and traders also took a liking to this fabric and increased its intrinsic value and the inclusion of certain typical motifs, colors and tie-dye. Inconsistencies in color and texture of mashroo is to be expected due to the hand-woven nature.
Since 2012, designer Bailey Hunter has been a partner in an artisan NGO in Gujarat, India which employs over 500 women, and where the majority of TIGRA TIGRA textiles are made. The women work from their homes in order to take care of their family while maintaining their dignity, financial security and self-reliance.
Size Small: Shoulder 18", Bust 36", Waist 30", Sleeve 28", Length 20"
Size Medium: Shoulder 19 ", Bust 38", Waist 32", Sleeve 28", Length 20"
Jenny is 5'2" and wears size small with TIGRA TIGRA Zip Up Skirt in Lime and YUME YUME Tyre Slides in Beige Eco-Wool.
Material: 60% silk 40% cotton
Made in Patan, Gujarat.