Handmade, handwoven or handloom fabrics are good for Mother Earth, our climate and for the people – Hand weaving is an old traditional skill that has been passed down through generations. Using wooden looms and natural threads to create pieces of art inspired by culture and nature, the artistry and skill involved in handloom cotton fabrics is phenomenal. Handloom cotton throws printed in the kalamkari hand block fashion are beautiful artisan made artwork and are perfect for nature lovers.
Several million people make a living by hand weaving in India. Each region has its diverse ethnicity and the prints are inspired by regional colors and nature. Handlooms are powered by the person operating them, and do not use electricity so only 9-14 yards of fabric can be produced in a day. An old traditional skill that is disappearing fast we empower these artisans and tribal communities when buying garments made from handloom fabrics, helping families to stay out of poverty, and giving their children a good education.
Handloom Khadi cotton is gorgeously natural and beautiful in its rawness, yoga pants and tunics made from these breathable cotton fabrics carry the beautiful creative energy of the weaver. Fabrics woven by hand have a natural color variation giving a uniqueness to the cloth. Going back to the roots and the times of our grandparents where everything natural reigned supreme.
Using sustainable and eco friendly fabrics is my motto, recycled sari wrap skirts, sari silk caftans, boho hand embroidered maxi dresses, and artisan made clothing are beautiful in their feel and good for the earth. The excruciating impact that fast fashion has on environment and humans is not something I want to encourage so I try to stay with natural and handmade clothing.
Ethical fashion creates culture inspired, unique pieces of garments such as chikankari tunics and kashmiri embroidered lounge kaftans, empowering women and providing sustained employment to artisans who weave magic with their fingers. Handcrafted by women artisans using old world fabric techniques like block printing, tie dye and kashida embroidery our cotton caftans and loungers are unique one of a kind pieces of art.
Kashmiri embroidery also known as Kashida embroidery is a unique form of art, carrying the true ambiance of the beauty of the paradise state of Kashmir. The exquisite painstaking detailed needlework that involves a single long stitch to create the intricate beautiful design was worn by the royals on fine muslin and silks robe, making Kashmiri embroidery an aristocratic fashion statement. Pastel color palettes or bright jewel tones the artisans aimed at merging or contrasting the thread with the base color to create a phenomenal effect. Kashida embroidery motifs take inspiration from the beautiful valleys of Kashmir and feature maple leaves, lotus blooms, birds and vines.
by Era Chandok