Indigo stitch cranes on ecru cotton kaftan, made by our Kantha women artisans in Bhuj, Gujarat. Running stitches are endlessly done on the chappie(tracing) depicting migration and movement of the black neck cranes which are found in remote parts of the Tibetan Plateau. Single box pleat detailing on the front panel with handmade cotton tassels on the hem adds volume to the product. Free flowing and versatile, this piece of clothing can be worn in different ways. You can let it flow and relaxed or can give shape on the waist by pairing with a rabari/cotton belt.
From our recent excursion to Phobjikha, Bhutan, the endangered birds created a long lasting impression in our hearts and we wanted to bring it out in the universe as a wearable piece of art.
(Kantha is a form of embroidery practised by rural women originated in the state of West Bengal and Bihar, India. Kantha comprises of the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery – the running stitch. It is the way in which this stitch is used, in different arrangements, that forms the complex vocabulary of kantha.)
Fabric : Organic cotton handwoven in Kutch, Gujarat
Embroidery : Artisanal based needle work carried out by women in different parts of Bhuj as well as in Delhi.
Pattern cutting, stitching, tassels, trims and packaging : Our workshop In Delhi
Can be worn with a slip inside.
One size & relaxed fit - fits S-XL comfortably
Cross body front 34"
Sleeve length 18"
The model is 5'6"
Measurements taken flat so double where necessary; +/- a tolerance inherent to hand made clothing.
Wash and Care - Gentle hand wash in cold water. We will send a single use pouch of soap nuts with each purchase for you to try and test the most natural and eco friendly method of washing.(These berry shells grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas and they naturally contains a cleaning agent that works like detergent, called saponin. Saponin is amazing at penetrating the fibres of your clothes, lifting stains from the fabric that is then rinsed away.)
Want to know how to use soap nuts? Click here.
This piece is made on order to avoid excess blockage of raw material and to retain the value added by an artisan's work. Dispatched within 10-15 days of the order received.
While designing this series we wanted to create distinctive, global and timeless pieces by reviving our traditional Indian handcraft techniques and manifest our artisan skills in a new light for today’s environmentally conscious consumer.
The pieces are made in small batches in different parts of North India as every step of the production is time intensive and handmade.