It's ok to live in black and white as long as you throw some shimmer and sparkle in the mix!
A whole lot of artisan love goes into them and it would be a shame not to show the process. Instead of going through a crazy around-the-world supply chain, they receive pretty special treatment in the hands of a few wonderful artisans in India. I collaborate with a Bangalore-based kick-ass ladyboss who runs a small, ethical factory and sources local craftsmen according to the job in hand. All these men and women are highly specialised and mostly do one type of art form.
First sample in the making.. The fabric is stretched on a large wooden frame and the artisan stitches the beads while sitting on the floor
Today I’ll shine some light on our embellished linen dress, Bella. After sketching, pattern cutting and fabric picking, it was time to add some glam to the sample. (Mom, cover your eyes now, but) we swooshed around the busy streets on a motorbike to get the job done. Tucked away from the main roads, a quaint little artisan quarter opens up and the sounds of India quiet down. Unexpected stillness. Tranquility. Goats, cows, dogs, birds, rustle of swaying palm trees, little thumps and whacks coming from the cottages.
Always making new friends! I took him home. Nooo I didn't!
We step inside, sit down on the spotless floor, sip some deliciously sweet chai and sprinkle some glitter and sparkle in the air. While there may be a language barrier, we quickly agree on the design of the embellishment and arrange the sequins into a.. well, sequence :) Then the master artisan gets to work..
Adding the glass and metal beads one by one in the pencil marked spots