The history of Satranji is synonymous with the heritage of Bangladesh. Traditionally woven by tribal communities in the northern highlands of the country, Satranji remains a rare and revered art form of handmade textile production that has been in existence for over 4000 years.However, this is a legacy that is slowly dying.
The Satranji Project was begun as a means to pay homage to our heritage and revive this ancient art of weaving. Our aim is to reinvent and revive this unique art form by introducing it back into our everyday lives with our furniture.
Every month we collect over 240 kilograms of fabric waste from garment factories across Dhaka. This waste, which would normally find its way to our rivers results in blockages of the entire drainage system with catastrophic consequences to both the environment and marine life. Now with the help of a small community of artisans from the village of Rangpur we are able to give this waste a new lease of life!
The first step in a fairly elaborate process is to clean the fabric thoroughly. The second, which can take up-to 3 to 4 weeks, is to weave these fabrics into exquisite Satranji tapestries. The results are breath-takingly beautiful. We end up with upholstery that is exquisite, comfortable and above all very distinctive.
Thus, with the help of this supremely skilled community, we are creating a local circular economy that begins with the sustainable sourcing of recycled raw materials and culminates with celebrating and protecting this lost art of weaving by integrating its designs into our products.
It takes great craftsmanship and skill to bring these stunning designs to our living rooms and we hope our patrons will embrace and appreciate this long forgotten art form as we do.
As we go along our journey together, our endeavor is to give all proceeds that come from our Satranji range back to this marginalized community. Our aim at ISHO is to reinvent and continue to revive Satranji along with the families that bring it to life.