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Fashion that speaks the heart of the makers and promotes traditional practices. The path forward...

Updated: Apr 27


Ethical, Fair, Sustainable are the keywords that dictate my choice and source of fabrics, trims, and accessories. I am extremely excited to be part of a project by the weavers cooperative of northeast India. Working closely with the weavers to create new fabric designs and handloom natural fiber fabrics. The objective is to support the future generations behind the art and craft of weaving and contribute to the livelihoods of the tribal communities. I will be reinventing my unreleased collections to be released on the Runway in 2021. Details will be posted here.




Background

India has over 120 distinct weaves. Each district, each community, and even specific families have their own methods of weaving and dyeing. It is extremely important to preserve and revive the ancient art of weaving that has been passed on for generations.


What is Handloom?

Frame loom at a weaver's home in rural India

A 'handloom' is a loom used to weave fabric without having to use any electricity. Handweaving is performed on pit looms or frame looms which are usually located in the homes of weavers.

On August 7, National Handloom Day is observed to honor the handloom weavers of the country and highlight India’s handloom industry. The day aims to create awareness of this industry and contribute to the socio-economic development of rural India and increase the income of the weavers. Most importantly, handlooms are environmentally friendly, and a viable way to make a living. The handloom is the second-largest source of employment in rural India. Around 95% of the world's hand-woven fabric comes from India.





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