Source through heritage blocks in printing workshops for prints with cultural stories and history. We visited over 10 workshops in Rajasthan and found 1 man who still knew the meaning behind the prints.
Design a modernized version of the print that contains its essential story and origin. Knowing the back story of the prints, we designed the repeat and layout in the same spirit.
Work with expert block carvers to design the repeat pattern in a size big enough to still hand print. One of our blocks was the biggest they had ever made.
Discuss with the colour master the desired colour and test. We tested 15 different colours inspired by natural landscapes and tones.
Fabric is rolled onto a steam dyer over a period of 2 to 3 days before it goes to the printers. We sampled 5 times through dip dying to get the final shade right.
Repeat print of fabric with the same consistency, distance and weight. We spent 10 days working with the printers to find the most efficient way of printing.
Printed fabric has to be immediately dried under sunshine and a constant level of humidity and heat for a consistent finish.
Steam wash and finish fixes the colour dyes and ensures there is no colour run in the final fabric. We do this twice.
Patterns, the blue print of all clothing, are cut. We worked with the principle of zero-waste patternmarking, which reduces the leftover fabric.
The last step to making a fantastic pant.
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