Hi! I’m Abi and I started Malanj Woven in the summer of 2016. I was off work, in the midst of being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and I needed a creative outlet to help bring some calmness to the chaos that was going on around me.
I have always been creative, and coming from an interior design background I love to explore creativity through a range of different fields. I take inspiration from anything and everything. Mother nature is a huge inspiration to me, as well as colour, texture and form. Each weave is an experiment. Sometimes I plan a design right down to the very last detail, but often I like to just let the creative juices flow, and see where the weaving will take me…
Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Even before the actual process of weaving was discovered, the basic principle of weaving was applied to interlace branches and twigs to create fences, shelters and baskets for protection.
Weaving is one of the primary methods of textile production and it involves interlinking a set of vertical threads with a set of horizontal threads. The set of vertical threads are known as wrap and the set of horizontal threads are known as weft.
Weaving can be done by hand or by using machines. Machines used for weaving are called looms.
Loom originated from crude wooden frame and gradually transformed into the modern sophisticated electronic weaving machine. Nowadays weaving has become a mechanized process, though hand weaving is still in practice.
20,000 – 30,000 years ago early man developed the first string by twisting together plant fibers. Preparing thin bundles of plant material and stretching them out while twisting them together produced a fine string or thread…
If you have any questions or would like to speak to me about creating something totally bespoke for you please get in touch