A simple cut with a silhouette of undulating drapes, this one-size, open-fronted robe is designed to showcase our most beautiful fabrics. This style is made from all-over hand-embroidered kantha on hand woven tussar silk. The kantha, a traditional folk stitch, has been reimagined in a contemporary geometric pattern. The fabric is light and soft and has a gentle drape. It is unlined and some pieces have tail threads on the inside and feint tracing lines of the pattern, which will wash out.
Material & Size
Made from 100% silk in West Bengal, India. One size. Length is 88cm (34") at center front and 110cm (43") from the shoulder at the sides. Measures 52cm (20") down the arm from the shoulder. Will fit sizes S, M and L comfortably.
Gently hand wash separately in mild detergent and cold water. Do not soak. Drip dry in the shade.
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The creation of our nakshi kantha is a lengthy process, laboriously undertaken in the verdant villages of rural West Bengal. Under the auspices or 60 year old Takdira Begum, a national awardee for her kantha work, 100 skilled women artisans hand embroider this beautiful fabric.
The first step in this process is the design of the pattern to be embroidered, which is then drawn onto tracing paper. This is done by Takdira Begum. Next, the lines of the pattern are punctured with a pin and the paper is then laid over the silk fabric. A paste of chalk and turpentine is then rubbed over the paper, and seeps through the small pin-holes onto the fabric below.
Now the silk has the pattern lines traced onto it. It's ironed and distributed amongst the artisans who take it home and stitch the kantha. Once complete, the fabric is hand washed several times to remove any stains and the tracing lines. Any variations or irregularities are part of the design and inherent to the production process.
- Eco: entirely hand made processes mean this item is eco-friendly. All materials are natural and thus bio-degradable.
- Women empowerment: handwork exclusively by women from highly marginalised communities. This work provides their only opportunity for earning income in their villages. The home-based work is suitable for all women and prevents urban migration.
- Ethical: garments are stitched in our Delhi workshop where workers receive well above the minimum wage and enjoy flexible, safe and comfortable working conditions.
- Responsible design: maintaining highest quality levels and use of traditional techniques and motifs ensures this ancient skill is preserved.