Craft of Weaving
About the craft tradition
These colourful handwoven bags have been a mainstay of our ancestral village (Eruvadi, Tamil Nadu) for decades and we knew firsthand how functional, durable and versatile the weaves are.
Originating in the temple town of Madurai, these weaving techniques are ubiquitous in the southern regions of India and versatile in their applications; think baskets, tote bags, school bags, tiffin carriers, tchotchkes, and so on.
The bags are woven from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic - these are fully recyclable - using knots that lend each bag its distinctive patterns. The bags are waterproof and washable, stay functional for at least 20 years and from what we have seen, even with wear and tear, can endure 30-35 years!
The tightly woven complex knots, apart from forming gorgeous, eye-catching patterns, lend the bag its durability and sturdiness. Which is why a large-sized tote bag from Knottted With Love can carry anywhere between 8-12 kilograms and still not come apart under pressure.
A complex knot in the basket weaving tradition. It requires four tightly woven cross knots in each unit to form a sequence of checkerboard patterns or "biscuits" as the artisans like to call it. Enjoy this pattern in single or double colours for a formal and elegant accessory.
Nature rendered in weaves and patterns! The gooseberry or "amla" knot is a marvel of six wires coming together to form one flower unit. Go ahead, chose a single or double colour for your portable flower garden perfect for a clutch, wedding or party accessory.
The sacred weave that reveals the eye of Shiva in each cluster is one of our favourites! Requiring skill and dexterity to weave eight cross knot patterns in each cluster, this pattern can incorporate 2 or 3 colours in its design.
Double Cross Knot
Leveling up on the ingenious cross knot, this double cross knot weave comprises two cross knots within each cluster. The result? A contemporary pattern that's tightly woven with smaller gaps and the scope of including 2 or 3 colours.
To the stars and back! This knot is both playful and precise in its cluster pattern that resembles concentric stars. Choose single or double colours for a design that will add chutzpah to your outfit, no matter the occasion.
Simple, ingenious, versatile, the cross knot is all this and more. It forms the basic building block for most patterns and can go from cute to classic with a twist of the weave. You can choose single or double colours for a look that's minimal yet elegant.