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Maku Textiles is India-based, founded and directed by designer, Santanu Das. He finished design education at the National Institute of Design in India, worked in New York, and returned to India to launch his “Slow Fashion” brand, MAKU. ” ‘Maku’ is a Bengali word that literally means the shuttle that we use in the handloom”, Santanu notes. His interest is largely in preserving indigo, “There are so many misconceptions about indigo and that’s one of the reasons why we picked it [as our main colour]. Indigo is hand-dyed and its shade cannot be replicated. You cannot make a recipe for it and it depends on many factors such as yield, climate, humidity, temperature and the bacteria. Its various aspects and external elements are what makes it so incredibly valuable. Today, if we cannot appreciate diversity, we will deliberately kill our enriching culture and the knowledge embedded in it.”
•Cotton, indigo-dyed woven Apus dress is “free form”, drapey
•100% cotton with cotton supplementary weft jamdani motifs added (see below)
• Full shape, with a fitted underarm detail in darker indigo
• Opens into a V, small banded collar
• 72″ around at bust, 42″ long, best fits size 8-12
Dry clean only
Sourced from the internet: Jamdani weaving is done as a woven cloth to create decorative motifs, often with metallic threads, and generally unique to Indian cloth. “The word ‘jamdani’ is believed to be of Persian origin, derived from ‘Jam’ (meaning flower) and ‘Dani’ (meaning vase). This is a supplementary weft technique of weaving, where the artistic motifs are produced by a non-structural weft, in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The standard weft creates a fine fabric while the supplementary weft with thicker threads adds the intricate patterns to it. Each supplementary weft motif is added separately by hand by interlacing the weft threads into the warp with fine bamboo sticks using individual spools of thread. It is a time-consuming weaving technique.
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