London-based fine jewellery brand, The Alkemistry has launched a new
concept which allows customers to weave their very own piece of jewellery
from 18-carat gold chain and vibrant silk.
The concept is called ‘Kumachi’ and honours an ancient Japanese weaving
technique, which aims to harness luxury, craft, mindfulness and
sustainability into one product.
The Alkemistry founder and creative director, Kirstie Gibbs said in a
statement: “During lockdown I started to practise Japanese weaving as a way
to relax. I soon realised that it was a wonderfully meditative and
satisfying process, so I decided to design a weaving kit using precious
materials, that we could sell at The Alkemistry. It’s the perfect activity
for those wanting to enjoy something creative, relaxing but luxurious in
the comfort of their own home.”
Kumachi derives from two Japanese words, ‘kumi’ meaning ‘coming
together’ and ‘hachi’ meaning ‘eight’, signifying the entwining of eight
cords, and each Kumachi kit contains four colours of silk thread, an
18-carat gold chain and clasp, a weaving wheel, a luxe glass sand timer and
a scroll with step-by-step instructions.
Each colour of silk thread provides enough length to make three
different versions of the bracelet, meaning customers will be able to craft
something totally unique, with 32 different colour combinations to choose
from, including the option of making a bracelet in all one colour.
The Alkemistry believes that “luxury should be everlasting” and has made
Kumachi part of its ‘Always’ concept, meaning that in the future, customers
can return their Kumachi chain to The Alkemistry to be upcycled into
Gibbs added: “We believe that fine jewellery should last a lifetime.
Diamonds and gold are some of the most precious and strong elements on the
planet, meaning we can keep transforming them to match your style. This
level of upcycling ensures less waste and makes buying precious materials a
more sustainable option.”
The Alkemistry Kumachi Kit retails for 295 pounds.
Images: courtesy of The Alkemistry
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