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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.
I’d never recommend anyone to visit Nukus to enjoy scenery, weather or cultural ambience. Tucked up in the northwest corner of Uzbekistan, the capital of the Karakalpakstan region, it is flat, dusty and impoverished, with a desert climate which makes it unpleasantly hot most of the year and unpleasantly cold during its brief winters. Due…
During the Soviet era in Uzbekistan, production of the highly desirable cotton crop escalated dramatically. Quotas were introduced to ensure production of massive tonnages and during the harvest, entire communities were forced to abandon their ‘day jobs’ to pick cotton in order to meet the quotas. Teachers, doctors, professionals and public servants could all be…