Tag Archives: Craftspeople

New in store :: Natural handwoven pestemel hammam turkish towels

8 Jan

I first discovered these wonderful towels on my travels through Turkey and the Middle East and ever since then I have used them in my own home, out and about and on the beach. Then I had an epiphany and I realised that you might love them just as much as I did!

Natural handwoven pestemel hammam turkish towels are a ‘clever cotton towel’ that can be used for almost anything. Turkish towels are great beach apparel, they’re one of the most practical and versatile items you’ll use this summer and beyond. They absorb water as fast as a normal towel, dry very quickly and wrap up to nothing making them easy to carry. Because they are super compact, they’re also the perfect travel towel. They also double as baby wraps, bath towels, table cloths, picnic rugs, throw overs . . . well you get the idea. Pestemals are for everyone and like I say can be used for almost anything.

Natural handwoven pestemal towels from Rock Ribbons

I think that once you’ve used a Pestemal you’ll never use a traditional towel again. At the moment in store I have three traditional colour, Classic Sand, Pale Pink and Dove Grey. I would love to hear what you think about this new ‘Rock Ribbons’ product and then we will be introducing a larger range of colours, designs and weaves to keep it interesting.

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The towels I have in store are purchased direct from traditional weavers in rural Turkey who have been hand weaving these wonderful towels the same way for generations. The combination of premium quality cotton, natural plant dyes, traditional weaves and techniques create a product that is of the highest quality, that’s soft, absorbent and lasts.

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‘Rock Ribbons’ natural eco friendly handwoven hammam towels are for people who love life, colour and spontaneity. Pestemals are for everyone and like I say can be used for almost anything.

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Dulux Colour Forecast for 2013 :: Merge

1 Jan

Happy New Year Everyone! To start off the year on a colourful note, I’d like to share with you the Dulux Colour Forecast for 2013. Dulux have broken up their trends into six different colour movements. As a special event this week I’ll be sharing each of the six movements with you over the next five days. Each trend has been inspired by different cultural and environmental factors and explores how colour is moving around us, shifting and changing along with our world and all that is in it.

First up is: MERGE

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We are in motion, movement is all around us – a blur of colour, a subtle shift of light, a merge of shadows. Movement is social change, the rise of a nation, the protest of people, the progress of the digital age. The Dulux Colour Forecast – Colour Movement, explores how colour is moving around us, shifting and changing along with our world and all that is in it.

 

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Merge evokes nostalgia by merging past, present and future styles for something entirely new but familiar. Craftsmanship, reconciling analogue with digital & simple processes with innovative solutions inform the Merge trend.

Tradition is reflected in the palette where materials associated with craftsmanship are represented in hues of stone, timber and leather while natural dying processes inspire red hues and orange based pinks.

 

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Image styled by Ella Leoncio featuring Dulux colours Diva Rose with details in Persimmon, Nasake, Clare Valley, Pipe Clay, Deep Orchid and Terracotta Chip.

Exciting happenings just around the corner

26 Dec

I have some very exciting news to share with you about what ‘Rock Ribbons’ has planned for early in the year!

As you know up until now everything in both my Etsy and online store has been designed and handmade by yours truly but in 2013 things will be changing ever so slightly! You’ll still be able to purchase all your ‘Rock Ribbons’ favourites in both online stores. But I’ll be expanding out the brand to include a few of my very favourite finds, that I know you’ll love (as much as I do) from artisan and fine crafts people in Turkey and Morocco.

Those of you that know me personally, know that I have a real passion and  interest in Persian, Moorish and Ottoman art, craft and design. I have been searching tirelessly for the right craftspeople to ethically source and work together with ‘Rock Ribbons’  to showcase their beautiful handmade objects.

From early next year (2013) I will be including two new product lines that are tried and tested during my world travels and in my own home. Beautiful natural and versatile, 100% cotton handwoven pestemal hammam towels which are handwoven and dyed with natural plant dyes and the colourful hand stitched long lasting Moroccan leather pouf/ottoman.

Handwoven pestemal hammam towels in Rock Ribbons

I’m very excited about the craftspeople I’ll be working with and having both these great products in store. The pestemal hammam towels will be available in January 2013. The moroccan leather poufs will be coming early 2013 and I am going to try something very new (for me) called crowd funding. This is where I might need your help (please and thank you), I will be launching a ‘Pozible’ campaign in January in order to create funds to purchase a larger wholesale order of the leather poufs from my trusted agent and skilled artisans contacts in Fez.

I’ll be posting more ‘Pozible’ campaign details closer to the date and over next few weeks and I’ll be explaining to you why I think these two products are so great!

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