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Ombré Fig Napkin

Contemporary Handmade

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India

PROVENANCE

This piece was created and hand-dyed in western India. The fig hue is the result of a sophisticated double-dye process of crimson hues extracted from madder root, an ancient source of vegetable dye long-coveted by Asian and Egyptian monarchs, and grey hues extracted from harda, the fruit of the tropical almond tree also known for its ayurvedic medicinal uses. Artisans achieved the ombre shades of this piece by deftly tying the linen and varying the dye concentration and number of dips.