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Brand - House of Wandering Silk

See video below of interview with the inspiring Katherine Neumann, creator of House of Wandering Silk!



Tokyo Urban Baby is delighted to be the first to offer House of Wandering Silk (HOWS) products to customers in Japan!

About HOWS Social Enterprise and its creator Katherine Neumann

"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it creates hunger and unhappiness"
- Mahatma Ghandi

House of Wandering Silk is a social enterprise owned and managed by Kate’s friend Katherine Neumann who she first met many years ago at university in Japan. After her studies in Japan, Katherine spent 7 years as an aid worker in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where she continued to see little sustainable and meaningful change in the lives of those incapacitated by poverty, despite the massive resources committed to the task. Katherine became determined to make a difference and adjust, even in a small way, the inequalities that she saw around her. With her passion for the beautiful Asian textiles and embroidery, as well as her respect for the natural environment and sustainable practices, Katherine set forth to combine all of these into one eco-fashion house. After three years of very hard work, hundreds of hours of brainstorming, and months of setting up the supply chain (as well as lots of cups of Chai:)), House of Wandering Silk was born.

Although only established in 2011, House of Wandering Silk has rapidly gained international acclaim and is now stocked globally in America, India, Pakistan and now Japan!

Fabulous article on House of Wandering Silk in Outlook India Magazine

Vintage Sari Scarves (Large & Medium)

House of Wandering Silk Vintage Sari Scarves are one-of-a-kind and handmade from a mix of upcycled, vintage saris and hand woven silks and cottons in ikat, floral and geometric designs. Scarves are made using two layers of fabric, handpicked for their fabulous colours and designs and paired piece-by-piece. These layers are stitched together in the style of Indian kantha, in which women hand sew rows of tiny running stitch from end to end to provide strength and enable the recycling of saris. This kantha stitch creates a rich, rippling effect across the fabric and adds a unique texture to the products. Each piece is completely unique.

Eri Peace Silk Scarves (Small)

Peace silk is the unique method where the silk worm is allowed to crawl out of the cocoon before it is boiled. Peace silk is handwoven, thick, creamy and delectable. It is also hand washable. House of Wandering Silk Eri Peace Silk mufflers are created using two layers of fabric - one layer is the creamy white peace silk, while the other layer is colourful upcycled, vintage sari. These layers are stitched together in the style of Indian kantha, in which women hand sew rows of tiny running stitch from end to end to provide strength and enable the recycling of saris. This kantha stitch creates a rich, rippling effect across the fabric and adds a unique texture to the products. Each piece is completely unique and guaranteed to turn heads on the streets of Tokyo!

Quilted Baby Blankets

House of Wandering Silk Baby Blankets are 100% handmade - one side is a patchwork of hand-picked fabrics, and the other is a section of upcycled sari. Blankets are padded with several layers of soft cotton, then stitched together in the style of Indian kantha, in which women artisans from West Bengal hand sew rows of tiny running stitch from end to end to provide strength and enable the recycling of saris. This kantha stitch creates a rich, rippling effect across the fabric and adds a unique texture to the products. Each piece is completely unique.

Vintage Sari Nursing Covers

House of Wandering Silk Nursing Covers have been made especially for customers of Tokyo Urban Baby! Each are made from the same fabric as the Vintage Sari Scarves - one large scarf is actually cut into two pieces of fabric and tailored into two nursing cover, complete with neck strap, gorgeous brass D-ring, and shaped neckline so mum can relax and easily keep an eye on baby while nursing.

Vintage Sari Bunting

Keeping in line with the House of Wandering Silk’s environmental and sustainable policies, every piece of material leftover from the making of the scarves and baby blankets are themselves made into gorgeous fashionable items. House of Wandering Silk Bunting made from Vintage Saris have been created especially for Tokyo Urban Baby! We hope you love them as much as we do!!