Photo Johan Ekelund. Models Ada & Alice.

Below hanging labels in making.


BLOCK PRINTED

KIMONOS

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The fabrics are printed with resist paste and over dyed with natural indigo, turmeric and iron. And this is a collaboration with Juned Khatri in Ajrakhpur, Kutch. He and his brother Sufiyan are the 10th generation of artisans to practice Ajrakh printing. The brothers runs the family business together with their father Dr Ismail Khatri who is also a rewarded master of their craft. Pls. see photo below.


The Kutch region is mentioned for its rich and diverse handicraft heritage and among them hand block printing. The Khatri families in Ajrakhpur are known for their "Ajrakh prints", with very intricate and detailed geometric double-sided prints in indigo blue and madder red. Traditionally, these fabrics were worn as turbans by men of the Rabari tribe. The block printing technique gives the fabrics beautiful structure and variety. The natural pigments also lets the vibrant shades change over time. The name Khatri means "The one who fills a surface with color".


The kimonos are cut and sewn by Babu Bhai in the village of Dhori. The sewing machine has a central place in the home. Babu, like many other artisans in India, inherits the tailoring profession from his father.



THE LIMITED EDITION OF BLOCK PRINTED KIMONOS WILL BE RELEASED 20200818 – MORE INFO TO COME!



OUR VISION



We strive to find sustainable ways to manufacture textiles and collaborate directly with craftsmen without any intermediaries. And even with a long-term commitment. We are not only buyers but also have our perspective of being creative people. We want to digg deep into subjects such as fibers and dye plant cultivation, natural dyeing, block printing and hand weaving. We also would like to learn and share knowledge about sustainable techniques with others. Craftsmanship is such a wonderful language that reaches far beyond the imagination. The ancient knowledge is there in all the artisans hands and minds! Our aim is to make the whole chain durable and circular in terms of raw materials and human knowledge. We always work with smaller series of fabrics, garments and accessories. We try to find recycled materials and strive to use traceable organic fibers and dyes. The more we learn, the more correct choices we can make! We are also completely transparent with where, with what and how we produce and manufacture our goods. You will soon find more information on our website, which will be launched in the winter of 2020/2021.

 


/ Linda & Sara



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Dhamadka, Kutch, India in 2000.


Dr Ismail Khatri is demonstrating different printing pigments in his workshop. This is where and when our love for indigo, block printing and India started.


The block carver cuts out the pattern using small iron tools. A very time consuming and detailed work mastered only by skilled craftsmen.

The block printer uses his eyes and hand to measure and place the wood block in right position for each repeat.

All the fabrics are printed by hand and needs to dry in the sun. An Ajrakh print demands up to 16 different steps in the printing process.

Babu Bhai lives and worked in Dhori. He master his craft and has cut and sewn the limited edition of kimonos.