THE ARTISAN SHOP
A movement for collective action to support Artisans affected due the on-going pandemic, by giving access to consumers globally. It is an initiative we feel very strongly about, and have partnered with Loom and Hand & Raaha to collectively create and run this Platform.
THE SARI PROJECT
Extending our vision beyond our eco-system, we are currently creating a collection of one-of-a-kind dresses from saris with negligible defects perceived as non-saleable by the audience of the local artisans. It is also open to anyone and everyone to send in their old/unused saris that could in turn be owned in a different form by someone else who would appreciate it.
HEART TO HAAT
Our sisterhood, Heart to Haat is inspired by the indigenous ideology of reusing, re-purposing and reclaiming; it was born as we delved deeper into existential questions of conscious practices at Ka-Sha. What started out as a Zero-Waste endeavor at Ka Sha in 2012 to manage our own post production waste, has now been envisioned as an industry-wide solution for textile waste that cannot be recycled or as an alternative to re-use/ repurpose it. We also work with pre-loved clothing to enhance, mend, revisit or re-purpose them
For our AW’19 Collection, Qaum, we worked with an innovative material, Corozo (also called vegan ivory) from Ecuador. It is a completely natural and non-toxic product made from the tagua tree. The collection was showcased at Lakme Fashion Week in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Embassy in Mumbai, Keu International and Trafino.
After having previously worked with the Chedamangalam craft cluster in Kerala as a part of the rehabilitation initiative by Save The Loom during the Kochi Biennale in 2018, we chose to work with the same handwoven cotton fabric for our Pre-Fall ’19 collection, Aakar
Beyond Quilting, an international research project by Edith Rijnja, Harald Schole, Rucha Kulkarni and Quilt Culture, aimed to create an impactful exchange of ideas between traditional quilt-makers and Indian and Dutch designers. The project strongly stands by the idea of empowering artisans, supporting traditional handicrafts, creating awareness and providing a global platform to godhadi quilting.
Our installation for the project, titled Kamal, intends to capture the fragility of our ecosystem as well as its power of regeneration. Water based resin was used to create the installation, a material which traps post-production remnants in its transparency to depict their disposal within nature where they sometimes lie lifeless for time unknown. Our work wishes to channelize garment manufacturing waste of all kinds through innovation and upcycling as part of our contemporary design philosophy.
This project was supported by Pidilite, India.