Every Buon piece is woven on traditional bamboo handlooms using natural fibres. Experimenting with different yarns in warp and weft, we explore texture and drape.
The worm then spins its cocoon. Unlike Mulberry silk where the worm gets boiled with the cocoon, the eri silkworm has a chance at life — it leaves the open-mouthed cocoon on its journey into a moth. The empty cocoons are then washed, boiled and dried.
It is this open hatched structure of the cocoon that allows a humane silk extracting process. Letting the silkworm take time for its metamorphosis yields cocoons that aren't uniform in colour, ranging from off white to a brownish cream.
Traditionally, the women of the household would spin cocoons using drop spindles, slowly drawing a textural fibre by hand.
Buon continues this tradition, sourcing handspun eri yarn from cooperative societies of women artisans.
The yarn is then naturally dyed using ingredients like onion peel, tea, teak, betel nut, charcoal, turmeric and more.
Ready for the loom, the yarn travels to our weavers who make magic on their handlooms. From fibre to fabric, the entire process is 100% handmade.
Made to order
for collectors, corporates and designers
Talk to us about customised orders and collaborations. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind piece you want for yourself or a collection you would like designed and woven for your themed wedding, anniversary or any celebration, we’d love to be a part of it.
Handwoven fabric is a great gifting option for brands that care about craft, community and the environment. From limited editions of customised felicitation shawls to bulk orders for festive greetings, we are keen to explore different ways to make gifting meaningful and sustainable.
If you are a designer with an interest in natural yarns and traditional weaving, collaborate with our weavers for your next collection. Our looms are capable of producing yardage with a maximum width of 45”. We are particularly interested in promoting handspun eri silk in stitched apparel and home textiles.
For more about commissions and collaborations, drop us a line.