Current situation in Goa: monsoon has made a surprise, early appearance! This is a spectacle like no other, nature showing its might. The sort of power shower where you could comfortably shampoo your hair and have a neck massage. Not that I’ve tried.. In other words, it’s a good day to sit in front of the computer, go through the photo archives and babble a bit.. :) All three are my unfortunate special talents.
Since I'm lucky enough to get full access to the factory and artisan workshops, I thought it would be fun to share a bit more on the blog side. Knowing that the working conditions are good was a priority when I decided to create a clothing line. It's one thing to be far removed from the whole process and just shop for pretty things hanging on fancy rails; it's something else to sit right there while the garment is being made. My name is on it, literally.
While some of these pictures are not particularly glamorous, it sounds like many women these days care about the background of their clothes. Slow fashion = doing good. While there’s no need to go all Mahatma Gandhi and spin your own yarn, it’s reassuring to know that the person who made your clothes is a grown-up, gets fair salary, works regular hours in a safe environment and takes pride in their profession. Having said that, hit me up if you have a spare spinning wheel - would love to try!
Sewing factory floor in Bangalore, India, where the first capsule collection was created. I’ve spent +150 hours here and can promise the conditions are fair. There should never be a need to make a ‘surprise visit’ because, deep down, you’re suspicious. On a weirdo note, the subtle buzz of the machines is strangely hypnotising!
Part of the development process. Choices choices.. Picking colours for the Lilian kaftans.
Practice round. We’re testing out the pattern and colour combinations.
Old school. The pattern is marked on the fabric and then, bit by bit, stretched on a wooden frame during the embellishing. The person who does the final work has an honorary name in the factory: Master-ji. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone called you Master-ji?! A sure sign you have honed skills, patience and are, on top of it all, rather likeable and/or respectable. Life goals.
Final product. Me being typically Scandi, went for the classic tones and straighforward, geometric embroidery.
Embroidered into Lilian kaftans. More importantly though, who is this beautiful stranger behind me..?! Here I am, all posey grinning like a meerkat, while obviously this shot is all about him!
Wearing me, myself & I <3
Because summer & white = love! Lilian Cotton Kaftan
Bye for now!