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Did you know that we personally visit our overseas suppliers when we purchase our silks? That means regular travel to Asia, specifically to India and China, where, in addition to goods, we pick up lots of new experiences and discoveries. We gather inspiration in other places too, not just on our business trips – at museums, historical reenactments, workshops, and from the DIY crowd. We try to share a bit of what we learn on our Silk Road travels and our forays near and far. Our reports from the field will bring the world of textiles closer to home.

The Sartor story

The Sartor story

10.12.2018 Of interest

It all started with the two of us, Marcela and Zuzka, sisters and pals. One day we got together to write a business plan and… stop! That’s not how it happened at all. The path that led to opening this unique shop was unique in and of itself, tracing an arc through faraway lands, and it took its own sweet time.

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Wheeling and dealing… in silk cocoons

Wheeling and dealing… in silk cocoons

21.02.2020 Of interest

The hall explodes in frenzied activity as brokers rush to buy and sell. Deals are struck. Fortunes are made. But we’re not on Wall Street. And it’s not stocks and bonds trading hands… It’s silkworm cocoons. Welcome to the great cocoon market in Karnataka, where our Indian silks begin their journey to you.

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From cocoon to thread – How silk is made

From cocoon to thread – How silk is made

24.03.2020 Of interest

It’s common knowledge that silk is made from the snow-white cocoon of the mulberry silk moth. But how do we go from that tightly spun wad to a perfect, endless thread? The secret of silk production was closely guarded by the Chinese court for millennia and those who would talk faced death. Yet it turns out that all you need if you’d like to see how it works, is a cup of warm water...

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Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

Czech kroj: Focus on traditional folk costumes in the Chod region

10.04.2020 Of interest

Fertoch, jupka, kandus, rozplasenka, serka! When we talk about traditional folk costumes – “kroj” in Bohemia (or Silesia, Moravia, and Slovakia for that matter) it means grappling with a whole new vocabulary. I learned that the hard way when I set off this February on a quick information gathering trip to western Bohemia. We were working on a new brocade in our historical reproduction series… and for the first time ever, I had a living, breathing first-hand source to answer my questions!

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Wool fabrics through the ages

Wool fabrics through the ages

28.11.2020 Of interest

Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.

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Fabric weight explained

Fabric weight explained

28.04.2021 Of interest

Fabric weight is one of the key elements in any fabric description. It’s an indicator of what a cloth is actually made of and what it could be good for. In online fabric shops you’ll find it listed alongside textile content and width, in brick-and-mortar shops it’s on the sticker at the end of the bolt. So, what exactly does it tell you?

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