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India's craft forms are very vast. For centuries the craft in India has been embedded as a culture and tradition within rural communities. As a designer, it takes years to make the appropriate connections and establish a relationship with the craftsmen/women and communities, and for them, in turn, to understand which way you (as a designer) are stirring the boat. More importantly the quality and standard you strive for it.
That is why Harmeet currently focuses on three main craft methods, hand block print, hand ikat and hand embroidery. Due to the slow nature of development, it takes plenty of time before a design is concluded and passes stringent standards of approval.
The search to delve into other craft sectors is always on. It is the exploring that keeps this practice intriguing and exciting, as it is infinite.
Hand Block Print
The design is carved onto teak wood blocks and then printed onto cloth by the hand. The precision required for geometric designs is one that is done only by the very skilled master artisans. Here is an image of Krishna Anna a master craftsman who has been printing our fabrics since 2012.
The pigments used for our block prints are GOTS certified and are classified as low stress colours on the environment.
We use mainly natural embellishments on our fabrics such as wooden beads, glass beads, cotton threads, raffia and pure wool. Our embroideries are also done by master artisans. We can customise the colours according to client requirements.
The Ikat weaving is done on a large scale handloom using VAT dyed colours. VAT dyeing is on the most archaic methods of dyeing and is still used by craftsmen in India, as it ensures great colour fastness. We use a unique combination of linen and cotton blend in our ikats, giving the fabric a distinctly beautiful texture and weight.