Okay, so I know this is a different kind of post for us, but when I saw these on the Maiwa blog all I could think about was who and what Vancouver blog I could send them to so they could blog about it. Instead I've decided to jump out of our usual realm and share them myself. Aren't they spectacular? They are made in India of reclaimed wood and are just some of the new stock at Maiwa East in East Van. Maiwa East is the Maiwa store in Vancouver (one of three) which sells home decor items and furniture. The other two stores, in case your unfamiliar, are both on Granville Island. One is the textile supply store (including yarn), and the other is the textile store which sells beautiful clothing and home textiles as well as accessories and books. All of their fabrics are naturally dyed, hand-woven and printed in India, South America and other places around the world where Maiwa has close ties. Also a lot of their clothing line is designed in Vancouver. Bellow are a few of my favourite things on the Maiwa website.
Why I love places like Maiwa:
About 6 years ago I decided that I would try to buy more locally made clothing and stop buying stuff that's made in China (unless I find it in a thrift shop) and found that purchasing less items for a slightly higher cost really pays off. Not only am I now wearing more clothing that will last a lot longer than the China-made stuff that I would only wear for one season before it started pilling, stretching and falling apart, but it also feels really good knowing that my clothing is made and bought ethically. Check out Maiwa's definition of "slow clothes" here. I have a block print dress, a pair of linen pants and a linen tunic all from Maiwa that I've gotten a lot of wear out of for the past four spring/summers.
PS. I also love shopping at Tutta Mia for Vancouver/Canada-made clothing and accessories.
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program, and co-founder of Everlea Textiles. In my art practice I combine textiles and socially engaged media. Here on the VY blog I mostly share my knits, local events and about other local artists and crafters.