Thread by Thread, Handmade in Norway
Charlotte Engstad is a Norwegian weaver and designer-maker working from her studio in Tromsø, Northern Norway. She specialises in high-end textiles for interiors and clothing, bespoke yardage and collaboration projects. “I am a weaver and I make cloth, in the same way artisans did 300 years ago. I wish to preserve and to pass on the knowledge and the skills of tradtional handweaving, thereby contributing to preserve a small part of our immaterial cultural heritage.”
Using handwovens provides a feeling of sustainable luxury in your everyday life. Due to the handweaving process, every item is a tiny bit different from the next in the form of small irregularities. I use only natural fibers of high quality, and my textiles are made in small series or are one-of-a-kind items. My main focus has been on texture and structure inspired by organic surfaces in nature. Soon launching a collection based on patterns found in old Norwegian bed clothing.
I produce a range of bespoke yardage fabrics for Norwegian folk costume tailors, typically fabrics for dresses, waistcoats, aprons and different types of fodder fabric. Materials are cotton, wool, silk and linen. Deciding whether to order handwoven or not, take into consideration that a handwoven fabric can never be as regular as its factory woven counterpart. Handwovens will always bear traces of the hands of its maker in the form of small irregularities, making each yard of fabric special.
Whether you are a designer, a museum employee or a shop/brand owner, take contact for collaboration projects. I can readily assist you with developing:
- Reconstruction or copies of old woven textiles
- Protoypes of new textiles
- Bespoke yardage for your brand or for your home
- Special items for your shop