Tartaruga is a small weaving studio founded in Łódź, Poland in 2017 by Jadzia Lenart and Wiktoria Podolec. As concious designers and craftsmen we’ve decided to stand in opposition to the mass textile industry and all its consequences. That’s why we create handwoven contemporary kilims, rugs and wall hangings. All of our products are handmade with traditional tools and techniques.
Tartaruga is a part of NÓW. New Craft Association which unites polish contemporary craftsmen of different professions.
Tartaruga means “a turtle”. It’s a very slow but long-lived and unique creature. Just like our kilims.
For most of our products we use recycled yarn, which is a waste from the mass carpet production. These yarns come in the full spectre of colors but can’t be reused in the industry anymore, due to the low beam mass. Nevertheless, they are still an excellent material with the ultimate properties to use in weaving craft.
Some of our projects require use of new raw wool. We get it from the sustainable sheep farm in the south of Poland. Then we use yarns in natural shades of wool or dye them with plant-based dyes.
Also known as T-shirt yarn, recycled cotton yarn is a waste from production of knitted materials. It’s a very soft and practical material, suitable for people allergic to wool and vegans.
Studio. The main feature of our studio on Bohdanowicza 2 Street is a giant window with the street view. Everyone can have a peek at how kilims are being made. You can also visit us inside because our door is always open. The studio is our workshop but also a showroom where you can buy our products or take a part in our weaving course.