This handwoven lambswool patou (throw) is finished with traditional fine-spun borders. Its color is inspired by the landscapes of the tribal areas where most of the weavers live. Both its vibrant border and color may vary as each one is handmade and dyed individually. Colors will usually include subtle striations of blue, black, gold, brown and saffron.
- 125 x 225 cm
- 100% lambswool
- Hand wash in cold water or dry clean.
Patous (woolen shawls or throws) are handwoven in an age-old tradition, and typically passed from father to son. Men use them around their shoulders in winter, while women sit on them or use them to wrap up newborn babies. Woven in the tribal areas in Pakistan, the patous are made of 100% pure lambswool gathered by local farmers.
Your purchase supports Afghan refugees in Pakistan, to help them make a better life for their families.
Backstory: A non-profit organization based in Kabul, Zardozi was set up over 26 years ago to support the thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing across the Pakistan border to escape civil war. Many of these Afghan families still live in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, an area now known as Khyber-Pakhtunwa. Zardozi originally focused on buying from women embroiderers, giving them their first opportunity for financial independence. The word “zardozi” means “golden stitches” in Persian. Zardozi now works with both Afghan and Pakistani tailors, weavers and embroiderers who delicately stitch and weave every item by hand. The weavers have little or no formal education, but are independent and mostly male.
Inspiration: To use local skills and native textiles to produce beautiful, high-quality products which support the livelihoods of thousands of families and the education of future generations.