ANNTIAN AUTUMN/WINTER 2023/24
The Rough Nights are several nights around the calendrical turn of the year, to which a special, certain meaning is attributed in European traditions and rituals - they have always been considered a holy time.
We were enchanted by the thoughts behind it and these Twelve Nights -became inspiration and title of our AW24 collection.
Twelfthtide is essentially the period between December 20th and January 6th and symbolize the twelve months of the new year. They each predict the events of the associated month.
It is a time of stillness, ceremonies, thoughts, introspection and reflection on the past year. From this, a glimpse into the future is thrown and the plans and forecasts are manifested.
In addition, the dreams during the twelfth hour are said to anticipate the new year.
During this time, evil spirits are expelled and good spirits, spirits of nature are contacted, rooms are cleansed and dreams are encouraged. Wishes should be heard and people should be protected.
One theory states that the twelve nights were „invented“ to compensate for the difference between the lunar and solar calendars. To compensate for this difference, 11 intercalary days (and thus 12 nights) were added, which are practically „nonexistent“ and in which the laws of nature are overridden and the gates to the „other world“ are opened.
Everything that happens on these days has a very special meaning, even if it seems so banal and unimportant at first.
there is a light veil, a fog lying over everything, a coating of mystical energy ...
...our upcycling project goes on
We call them „Talking Towels & Tablecloths“ as they all had their life before, their very own history. For sure each of them could tell special stories - .. if only we could ask them.
...this time we started working with beautiful „peace silk“
Peace Silk means: non-violent and, above all, cruelty-free silk breeding and production. It allows the metamorphosis of silkworm to butterfly to be completed, so that no animal has to suffer or die for fashion. Peace Silk (non-violent silk also called Ahimsa Silk) is manufactured under the strictest social, ecological and environmental standards in India.
Silkworm breeding takes place in natural conditions. The trees in which the silkworms grow are not treated with any fungicides, insecticides or genetic sprays. To protect the caterpillars and leaves from other insects or birds, the entire tree is covered with a net, similar to a mosquito net. Once the silkworms have spun the cocoons, they are kept in a sheltered place until the pupa emerges as a beautiful butterfly cocoon hatches.
This process can take 2 to 4 weeks. This particular method slows down production, but is fundamental to our philosophy of non-violently manufacturing silk. The cocoons are processed without the use of harmful chemicals, once the butterflies have left them.
Fotos by Johanna Ruebel & Lilli Weinstein