— We laughed, we lounged, and we were.
A Japanese perspective on imperfectionism and how beauty comes in the form of asymmetry, simplicity, ruggedness, and intimacy. The Wabi-Sabi acknowledges the reality that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. It also embraces the sense of community felt with unplanned gatherings with friends or family.
"Rays of sunshine with no clouds in the sky.
A light breeze and the sound of waves crashing piles of rocks.
Chats, laughs, and togetherness.
The ocean, the food, and the comfort"
//Wabi-Sabi and us//
Inspired by this philosophy we decided to take work outside on a Wednesday and get some much needed vitamin D. We packed what we had at home and drove to Rockaway Beach with our best studio mates from Kordal. Typically, on a good day we like to spend our group lunches on our studio rooftop, but after looking at the forecast for the week we couldn't miss this much needed warm day. It was a weekday, but after such long harsh winter it just seemed like the right thing to do for our own sanity.
I gathered what I had from my pantries- nuts, dry fruits, crackers, bread, and olives, and we picked up some fresh fruit, grape leaves (perfect for picnics), fresh farmers cheese, and Faux Gras ( lentil based and incredible delicious) from our local market. I packed everything in my large African /basket normally kept in my foyer holding reusable bags so I never forget them, and placed the snacks, wooden plates, and small glass cups inside. I love this basket because of it's size and how comfortable it is to carry once all the load is on. This impromptu picnic inspired me to use what I had and strive for a Zero Waste picnic. Everything I packed came in glass jars, reusable containers, and I brought real silverware from home as well. The wooden plates, I had picked up from a thrift store 2 years ago and I was thrilled to have finally found use for them. They are lightweight and makes them ideal for picnics. I wanted our Wabi-Sabi moment to stay Wabi-Sabi and using what I had in hand was part of the philosophy. More magic happens and more beautiful moments are created when we use what we have instead of going out to purchase what "we need". You get more creative too. It was also an experiment to see how difficult it would be to have a picnic without plastic or disposable everything and it proved to be easier than I thought. More special too.
//The name after the blankets//
Two years ago on one of my trips to India I picked up one of these blankets from one of my fabric vendors while shopping for other fabrics. He sells mostly handloomed textiles and as I was paying for my fabric I noticed a fabric with a chevron weave pattern with a nice weight to it on the counter. I was drawn by the weight, the weave, the size and the fringed edges. The classic appeal made this blanket instantly part of my home. For the past two years this blanket has been just good looking functionality. I've taken it to the park for picnics, to the beach, has kept me warm on my sofa, and has kept my guest warm on my sofa-bed. When it's not in use, I make sure the fringes are out and it sits beautifully on the arm of my sofa. It's my favorite blanket because the multifunctionality has allowed me to keep less stuff. Also, the more I wash it the softer it becomes. This blanket is one of my favorite things I have and because of that I wanted to share them with you. And because of all the uses it has and how beautiful it is it became the Wabi-Sabi Blanket.
Excited for the the summer ahead and the joy of being outdoors with friends and family we want to share our Wabi-Sabi blankets with you to spark those spontaneous moments and make them all the more beautiful. Use this blanket for anything and everything.
Wabi-Sabi depends on the ability to slow down, to be instead of to do, and to appreciate rather than to perfect. Our Wabi-Sabi blankets embody this celebration of being present with yourself, your family and friends and the space around you.
//Where they are made//
Our blankets are woven in remote villages in Northern India by artisans that have been doing this for generations. They are all finished by hand giving them a special and unique character to them.
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