Supermodel of the animal kingdom, the peacock is blessed with a singular and implausible beauty. According to our friend C. Darwin, its all about sexual selection: the male peacock’s tail has been formed over millennia due to the female peahen’s penchant for the tail feather’s eye-catching yet subtle iridescence. It gets them every time. more >>And us too. Prior to contemporary use in the Americas and Europe, production of peacock feather brocades date back to the 17th century and originated with Tibetan Buddhist Temples- covering the seat backs of lama's thrones. An auspicious history, sure, athough one where production has always been extremely limited if not a little preposterous (like the bird itself). Then, as now, only twelve inches of fabric are completed on average per day: the quills are gathered as castoffs from free-range wild peacocks, the quill side-feathers hand-plucked, assorted, twisted and knotted to eventually form a continuous thread that makes up the surface pile of this fine feathered fabric.Peacock Feather Fabric; a wonder of the natural and cultivated worlds.
18% PEACOCK FEATHER, 72% rayon, 10% SILK
103 x 15” in (262 x 38 cm)
table runner, wall hanging, ...
velvet-like material w surface pile of peacock feathers
limited production: numbered series card w order
sustainable material & processes:
- wild gathered and hand knotted feathers
- hand woven via jacquard loom
- crafted in remote rural India
supplementary weft brocade ~ tapestry weaving
delicate material - low impact use recommended
positive social impact = producers, environment, you
crafting peacock material [video]
crafting peacock material [stills]
Material ConneXion [video]