Silvia Furmanovich’s award-winning Silk Road collection combines age-old Uzbek craftsmanship with original designs.
Images: Silvia Fourmanovitch
A love for fabrics took the Brazilian designer Silvia Fourmanovitch on a trip to Uzbekistan to explore the country’s rich silk offerings. Her deep appreciation of age-old craftsmanship and the potential to bring new techniques to jewelry making has resulted in her latest collection, Silk Road, which won Best in Innovative at this year’s Couture Design Awards.
Furmanovich commissioned local artisans, all women, to create tiny hand-woven rugs that could be worn as earrings with gold and precious stones. Experienced silk weavers had never worked on such a small scale. Making an earring required them to install 1,600 fine needle points in a small area and involved a delicate and meticulous dyeing process to ensure that every dot of color was in the right place. Furmanovich then worked with artisans in São Paulo to produce jewelry incorporating delicate embroidery, as well as marquetry, bamboo weaving, miniature painting and gemstones, all inspired by the Central Asian country’s traditional designs.
“I believe that in many ways this collection encapsulates a lot of what we try to do as a brand. Much more than goods were traded along the Silk Road; it was also a rich web of ideas and concepts,” says Furmanovich. “This collection evokes a fascination with the interchange of multiple techniques, as well as the cross-pollination of cultures, which has been so central to our work.”
The next step in the collection was for Uzbek artisans to create new designs that built on the designer’s love for flora and fauna, a harmonious meeting of two creative worlds.
Customers have greeted Furmanovich’s collection with enthusiasm, she says, as they seek not only quirky and colorful designs, but also pieces that tell the stories of the people who made them.
The Silk Road series, which includes approximately 200 pieces, will be presented at Bergdorf Goodman in September and at PAD London in October.
Article from Rapaport Magazine – August 2022. To subscribe click here.