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Welcome to Birch & Loom; your destination for beautiful textiles, handcrafted homewares and original accessories. All our products are sourced directly from the artisans who make them in India and South East Asia. In doing so we support their financial independence as well as helping to preserve traditional creative techniques which are at risk of disappearing.
There is only one place in the world where rogan art is practiced, and that is in the sleepy town of Narona in Gujarat, in India’s isolated northwest. Isolated it may be, but the fame of the rogan practitioners has spread far and wide, so much so, that a rogan work was selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to present to Barack Obama on the occasion of his visit to the United States in 2014.
Suzani originates from the Persian word suzan, meaning needle, and originated in Central Asia, particularly Uzbekistan, Tajikstan and Kazakhstan. It was a skill practised by nomadic tribes who used the large embroidered panels as a protective wrapping for their belongings, as prayer mats, bedding and for seating inside their yurts.
They were traditionally made by the women of the family as part of the bride’s dowry, and carried symbols of health and fertility. Floral patterns, pomegranates, suns and moons, leaves and vines are all typical design themes.
We’ve talked about the magic powers of aromas in our lives and the gorgeous essential oils we use in our handmade soaps. Now I’m excited to introduce a recent discovery which takes aromatherapy to the next level. When I came across Melis natural perfumes, I experienced a personal awakening. Made from 100% pure essential oils…
Our artisan soap maker Jackie Birch – yes folks, interest declared, it’s sister power – is a wizard alchemist. She’s been making soap and luscious body scrubs, moisturisers, serums and bath bombs for years, supplying them to small artisan outlets around Perth. We’re so pleased to offer some of her exquisite soaps through Birch &…
Classic blue & white – beyond fashion Some colour combinations transcend the whims of fashion to become perennial favourites. Timeless blue and white is a decorative pairing that has stood the test of time. Think Chinese porcelain to delftware, Wedgewood to chic coastal stripes. Elegant in its simplicity, it always feels right in our homes…