Handmade table mats

Handmade table mats - overview

Handmade table mats - Handmade table mats are produced using cotton sail or flaxIn the villages closed to Cluj Napoca, local women began sewing different handmade table mats. They started in the ’30s, before the second war world and it became popular in the ‘70s. The handicraft spread from one village to another and now is performed by most women in the rural area of Cluj Napoca – Huedin, in the north west of Transylvania. The tradition for creating handmade table mats is kept and passed on from mother to daughter and one can see them working together when visiting the area as in most of the case it represents the only source of regular income.

Handmade table mats are produced using cotton sail or flax with cotton or silk thread.

The raw material is purchased from textile workshops around the area and is than tailored to specific models and shapes.

Shortly the process is as follows:

  • The sail of flax is tailored according to the desired size;
  • Manual work with a simple needle is performed to bring to live the required model of handmade table mat; in the case of handmade table mats with “broken” embroidery they use a scissors to make cuts and create shapes which are afterwards brought to the final form by a skillful needle.
  • Handmade table mats can take from few days to weeks depending on the size and of the model.
  • The finished product is prepared for sale (cleaning, ironing etc.)

Handmade table mats - range of products

Currently we have three main categories of handmade table mats:

  • Handmade table mats with broken embroidery;
  • Handmade table mats with artistic embroidery;
  • Handmade table mats with fretwork;

The handmade table mats with broken embroidery were at the foundation of the handcraftIt all started with handmade table mats with “broken” embroidery which were at the foundation of the handcraft. To make them women used cotton sail either white or cream sewed with cotton thread of different colors.

Most requested combination of colors for sail and thread are: white on white, blue on white, cream on cream, beige on cream, light brown on cream, green on cream.

Of course one can choose different combinations depending on the client’ request however there are only two colors for the sail: white and cream.

 

Most commonly made items have the following size:

  • Napkins: 0.35 m * 0.35 m
  • Doily: 0.5 m*1.0 m / 0.5 m * 1.5 m
  • Square size table mats: 0.8 m*0.8 m/1.0 m*1.0 m/1.5 m*1.5 m
  • Round size table mats: 1.5 m * 1.5 m
  • Rectangle size table mats: 2.2 m* 1.5 m/2.6 m*1.5 m/3.2 m*1.5 m
  • Oval size table mats: 2.2 m* 1.5 m/2.6 m*1.5 m/3.2 m*1.5 m

The napkins are optional when buying handmade table mats. The clients could chose to have them or not as well as the number of the napkins. 

Moreover the client can ask that handmade table mats have specific sizes, in this case we shall take care and customize the model accordingly. For such case the possibility to make it as well as price, delivery and so on will be agreed on an individual basis.

We use mainly two types of models for the embroidery:

  • Handmade table mats with broken embroidery – carnation model;
  • Handmade table mats with broken embroidery – geometrical model;

handmade table mats with artistic embroidery made of flaxDuring the last few years two new types of table mats were introduced. One of them is represented by handmade table mats with artistic embroidery. They are made of flax and sewed with a synthetic fiber similar to wool or with silk.

The color of the sail is just beige however the thread can have a big variety of colors.

The vast majority of models have floral (e.g. rose; daisy; sun flowers etc.) with combination of colors to match (e.g. red, yellow, blue, green etc.).

 

 

The items we make most frequently have the following names and sizes:

  • Napkins: 0.3 m* 0.3 m;
  • Doily: 0.4 m*0.9 m;
  • Square size table mats: 0.85 m*0.85 m;
  • Round size table mats: 1.7 m * 1.7 m;
  • Rectangle size table mats: 1.3 m*1.7 m/2.2 m*1.7 m/2.6 m*1.7 m/3.2 m*1.7 m ;
  • Oval size table mats: 2.2 m*1.7 m/2.6 m*1.7 m/3.2 m*1.7 m ;

The client can ask that handmade table mats have specific sizes; in this case we shall take care and customize the model accordingly. For such case the possibility to make it as well as price, delivery and so on will be agreed on an individual basis.

The third category of handmade table mats is with fretwork. The flax in white of cream nuances is sewed with silk thread from a wide range of colors like cream and beige. The combinations sail- thread most commonly used are: white on white, beige on white, yellow on white, cream on cream, beige degrade on cream, yellow on beige.

This type of table mats is made with just one floral model; the embroidery represents a lesser percentage of the total size of the product compared with the previous table mats presented above. 

The items we make most frequently have the following names and sizes:

  • Napkins: 0.3 m* 0.3 m;
  • Doily: 0.4 m*0.9 m;
  • Square size table mats: 0.85 m*0.85 m;
  • Round size table mats: 1.7 m * 1.7 m;
  • Rectangle size table mats: 1.3 m*1.7 m/2.2 m*1.7 m/2.6 m*1.7 m/3.2 m*1.7 m/3.6 m*1.7 m/4.2 m* 1.7 m;

Handmade table mats - Maintenance

The maintenance of all the products from the three categories presented above is relatively easy and convenient for everybody. You can actually chose between the washing and dry cleaning services or washing them at home (by hand or using a washing machine at 35-40 grades Celsius with regular detergent. In order to make them ready to use they must be ironed (our recommendation is to be ironed before they are completely dry).

Handmade table mats - decoration item or a necessity?

Be it that you purchase a handmade table mat as a present or for your own use, such a product harmoniously combines the utility via high quality of materials in a handmade process with beauty and originality, mixing traditional features with current trends.

 
Handmade table mats with broken embroidery
Handmade table mats with broken embroidery
Handmade table mats with artistic embroidery
Handmade table mats with artistic embroidery
Handmade table mats with fretwork
Handmade table mats with fretwork