Through this project, the student was able to create a range of both fashion and home linen fabrics, championing the hand skills of the maker at every stage. A collection of handwoven linen-wool outerwear using naturally dyed yarn for striped yardage and block prints were created with the visual as well as symbolic significance of the Ginkgo tree, promoting slow fashion. A range of woven home decor linens using Indigo dyeing techniques extended the brand’s design language of stripes and checks onto a new product range. Governed by the concepts of Zen and aspects of a traditional Japanese tea room, this collection enabled several combinations and a minimisation of waste by using each piece of fabric. The project gave the student an opportunity to blend aspects of Japanese culture and aesthetics to the Indian traditions while these collections. The Pandemic scenario halted sample production, but webinars and live streams became a reservoir for open discussions and conversations. Through this, the student also developed a digitally-printed collection of home decor.
Keywords: craft, culture, natural dyes, slow fashion, weaving