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TibetStripes Tea Cosy

The tea cosies fuse ancient Tibetan craft with a contemporary Nordic expression. They are made of sherma, a traditional Tibetan weave made of thinly spun wool. Sherma has traditionally been used in women’s aprons with stripes that indicate both the woman’s age and her birthplace, but today this traditional craft is becoming obsolete. Because the fabric was woven on small portable looms, matching the former nomadic lifestyle, the maximum width is 25 cm. When these narrow panels are sewn together, new patterns emerge, and each tea cosy is thus unique. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to enable more Tibetan women to make a living as skilled weavers. The dense weaving creates a light and hardwearing fabric with natural insulating properties, and in a certified test the textile achieved the second-highest durability rating on the Martindale scale, which makes it suitable for upholstery in high-wear contexts such as hotel lobbies.

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Mette Louise Kragh

b. 1967, Danish textile designer

Mette Louise Kragh graduated as an industrial designer in 1996 from The Danish Design School (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design). In 1997, as part of the group Selle 16, she received the Design Award from the Design Foundation under the Danish Ministry of Culture. The Danish Arts Foundation awarded her a two-year grant in 2001. Before founding her own studio she ran a wholesale design firm that sold home accessories to design stores in Denmark and abroad, and which was featured in several Danish and international magazines, including Elle Decoration and Vogue Living. After five years in this very commercial market, she wanted to take her work in a more hands-on and sustainable direction.

Mette Louise Kragh’s textile designs are characterized by graphic simplicity and carefully balanced colour combinations. Her drafting process often begins with colour collages, in recent years with a growing emphasis on stripes. Sometimes, the colour combinations in these collages are too complex to serve as the basis for a woven pattern. Many of them hold a strong graphic appeal, however, and are turned into poster prints. In that way, the development process for a simple stripe can develop in new and unexpected directions and branch off into new designs. The inspiration for the product designs often springs from her hands-on work with the fabric. She strives to make her designs and products as sustainable as possible and prefers to work in wool, organic cotton and paper.

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27 x 30 cm
Dark blue and sand
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Yellow and light khaki
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Blue and white
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