My project, Re: Nascent, originates from the concept of nurturing local circular systems that honor time-honored techniques and natural resources, delivering unique value through innovative products. My vision was to curate a Fall/Winter 2022 collection of 10-12 ensembles for men and women, drawing inspiration from Himalayan weaving traditions. My goal was to captivate a global audience while adhering to indigenous materials and traditional practices.
Central to the project is a commitment to build capacity and drive circular value creation across the value chain. I embraced circularity through various approaches, crafting most of the collection incorporating indigenous sheep wool /fabric directly sourced from local shepherds and using waste as a secondary resource, creating a self-sustaining closed loop. The collection ingeniously transformed diverse forms of waste - raw wool waste, discarded yarn, fabric cuttings, and factory rejects - into meaningful creations. This endeavor extended beyond fabric development, encompassing resource sourcing and creative reimagining, leading to valuable discoveries through collaborations with overlooked corporations and woolen fabric units.
Beyond fashion, my project aimed to revive closed-loop economies and strengthen connections between pastoralists, artisans, and consumers. By blending traditional practices with contemporary innovation, I strived to create pieces that resonated with modern sensibilities. As the project evolved, I realized it’s not just about crafting a collection but also building a self-reliant, resilient community that safeguards cultural heritage while embracing progress. The project’s focus shifted towards a holistic system empowering the community, contributing to growth, and preserving a unique identity.
Through Re:Nascent, I harnessed the potential of indigenous wool, nurturing ethical production and consumption. Merging heritage with innovation, I aimed to foster a circular economy within the Himalayan community, bridging the gap between the past and the present. The project’s meaningful impact celebrates tradition, sustainability, and community enrichment.