The online boutique Charcoal & Grey is launching April 2011.
We use the best quality textiles, so unfortunately and fortunately we cannot mass-produce. Our products are beautifully made by local communities which helps to earn their livelihoods while perpetuating customary production techniques and traditional designs.
Our mailing list customers feel passionate about helping to keep these traditions and appreciate the quality of our textiles as much as we do.
I personally guarantee that when you receive your beautiful Charcoal & Grey textiles you will see and feel the difference compared to machine and factory runs; a difference its hard to fully appreciate even when viewing on line.
We are a small personal company so welcome feedback and questions if you have them. Please be assured that any products you are not happy with we will exchange or refund on receipt of the returned parcel; we want you to love your purchases!
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I Traveled to Thailand and to India after New Year. Spent allot of time learning the natural vegetable dying process and the method of hand block using mud and sand to dye. I am hoping that we will have a few new products to add using these techniques. I also went on a cotton hunt. Good cotton has become increasingly more expensive and harder to come by in the past year. Sadly the techniques of using Khadi are being forgotten in India and the Khadi we buy is not hand made from scratch using the old fashioned ways. I hope to be able to produce some Khadi products 100% for you all to see and by doing so hope to encourage the traditional ways of the past.
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Charcoal & Grey on line boutique has been on line since November 2010. Charcoal & Grey are ready to launch with a new and easy to use updated site. We are a hand made shop using the best quality textiles where possible, so unfortunately and fortunately we cannot mass produce. Therefore our aim is to grow the company slowly and organically adding to our mailing lists customers who really are interested in our hand made products and helping local communities to earn their livelihoods while perpetuating customary production techniques and traditional designs. It is difficult on line for you to feel and see the difference in our products compared to machine and factory runs but I personally guarantee you once you receive the goods, you will appreciate the difference. Any products that you are not satisfied with, we are happy to exchange or offer a refund upon receipt of the returned parcel. So please feel secure to put your order in and make the most of what is in stock as some lines will take time (months) to re-stock and some will not be continued due to the village production being a one off agreement. We are a small personal company and your feedback and perhaps any questions you may have regarding our products are always appreciated and will be answered.