Finely hand woven silk is resist dyed with barred-stripes patterning and a large diamond center motif then naturally-dyed with indigo creating a subtle and elegant scarf.
The master artisans from India hand print using a specialized indigo, clay-resist technique, known as dabu, where wet clay is applied to the silk cloth using wooden blocks, dried, and then dyed in an indigo vat. The cracking of the clay during dyeing gives a crackle effect to the pattern. The clay paste is removed with washing leaving a rich pattern.
Designer Hemangini Singh works with master artisans in India and Nepal. Ethical conduct and social responsibilities are her trademarks in doing business with its artisans. By buying their product one automatically becomes part of an ongoing movement reviving traditional textile skills, creating a productive environment for the artisans, and reinstating their status in society. In addition, part of the profits go towards funding craft schools in India to educate women in local craft industries and providing them opportunities for empowerment.