The story behind our handwoven PUK napkins

In a small family-run weaving mill in southern India, beautiful PUK napkins in intricate patterns slowly take form on two handlooms. The output of a day's work is only 14 napkins, and no two are ever quite alike. The size or texture may vary slightly, which in our mind only makes them more interesting and appealing. Previously, other Georg Jensen Damask designs have also come from the skilled hands of these Indian weavers.

Our collaboration with the small weaving mill in Karur, India, springs from a shared passion for weaving and hand-woven textiles, which are becoming a thing of the past – also in India. Since 2013, Georg Jensen Damask has provided economic support to the family-run company and pays for health and life insurance for the weavers to help keep the trade alive and preserve the valuable craft that is at the heart of all textile production.
The PUK design was created by the Danish weaver and artist Puk Lippmann. The patterns are inspired by traditional techniques found in a book from the 1920s and revived on her loom in a contemporary design. Initially in the form of tea towels, which were also hand-woven in Karur, and now as damask napkins in a lighter version.

The napkins could have come straight out of an antique French armoire, and they encourage you to forego the ironing to strike a casual tone at the dinner table. This is hand-woven luxury with selvages, which add character and are a rare and beautiful detail with direct reference to centuries-old weaving practices.