All cloth is handwoven or cut from premium, natural silk or silk blends. Morija Designs believes in methodically creating handmade items that you will wear for a lifetime. These treasures are to be pulled from your closet as timeless pieces that reflect your own unique beauty and choice to live and buy sustainably. Morija uses natural dyes and hand looming techniques. Fabrics and yarns are sourced ethically and each piece passes through her hands to ensure quality of craftsmanship.
HAND DYED USING CONTEMPORARY SHIBORI TECHNIQUES AND NATURAL DYES.
HAND WOVEN ON A FLOOR LOOM.
HAND SEWN INTO ONE OF A KIND ACCESSORIES.
The inspiration behind Morija’s work derives from the exploration of natural silk fibres in their raw form and the observation of the natural patterns and textures of the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her work focuses on the use of wild silks and hand dyeing processes to create unique textural pieces. Morija creates cloth enriched with hand crafted details and complexity. The slow process of hand weaving enables her to explore fibre within the boundary of warp and weft. Morija begins weaving with a network of calculated threads and then works organically throughout the piece adding luxury and depth to the textile. Her hand dyed silk cloth for lightweight scarves is created using an traditional Japanese technique called Shibori. The fabric is first stitched and gathered to create a resisted area and then natural dyes are painted or vats are used to dip the fabric into many different colours of dye. Silk jewelry is crafted using raw silk fibre and a heat etching process. The result is a unique durable, leather-like texture that is used to sculpt the earrings, necklaces and floral brooches.
Morija has a diploma in Fashion Design and Construction from Fanshawe College in London, ON, and also has a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. She has been working in the industry for over 12 years and has exhibited her fashions and textiles on International stages. Currently Morija works from her home studio in British Columbia, Canada. She designs and creates silk accessories under her own company, Morija Designs, and also sews for other high end garment designers and artists across Canada in the textile industry. She has also been an associate weaver at the Silk Weaving Studio in Vancouver, BC for the past 9 years. More recently her work has focused on the natural process of creating cloth and the “slow fashion” movement. The slow, methodical creation and the process of weaving and dyeing itself is what inspires these luxurious textiles.