Season after season, we are privileged to collaborate with Injiri, a clothing and homeware label founded by Chinar Farooqui.
Our philosophy and focus with clothing has always been to create garments that are timeless in their design and made to last you for years. But how we make those garments is just as important to us. We consider each step in their lifecycle to ensure we are producing our clothing as ethically, mindfully and sustainably as possible and lightening our environmental impact wherever we can. Celebrating craftsmanship and the beauty in the work of the hand are core values within that philosophy.
Images courtesy of Injiri
A meeting of minds
Season after season, we are privileged to collaborate with Injiri, a clothing and homeware label founded by Chinar Farooqui. Meaning ‘real India’, Injiri’s creations are guided by Farooqui’s intuition with the aim of creating a body of work that explores handwoven and handmade textiles from India and beyond. Injiri sees the beauty in simplicity and seeks to redefine traditional styles of clothing, keeping their true essence alive. Central to that work are India’s extraordinary handwoven fabrics which are specific to the region in which they are grown and spun, producing a variety of styles, colours and textures.
Injiri 2021: Neel Collection
Indigo has been revered for its rich aesthetic throughout the world and it is a fascination that has lasted for millennia. This heritage is most potent in India, where the native indigofera tinctoria plant has become a cornerstone of the artisanal textile industry rooted in the dyeing and handweaving communities. The Injiri Neel Collection is the result of years of experimentation with natural indigo, in combination with various textile techniques that are signature of Injiri – such as jamdani, clamp dyeing, extra weft weaving, tie and dye.
Bamford X Injiri Summer pop-up
The Injiri Neel Collection will be available to purchase in our Bamford stores for the month of June 2021. As you browse, you will experience how each Injiri item is woven and dyed by hand using traditional Indian textile techniques.
31st May - 13th June, Bamford Mayfair
15th June - 30th June, Bamford Barn Cotswolds
"This collection is an amalgamation of my love for Indigo for all the growing up years in Rajasthan, travelling to the villages of Akola and being deeply moved by the beauty of Indigo dyeing processes. By the means of this collections we hope to take you through the journey of those experiences." - Chinar Farooqui, Injiri Founder and Designer
Indigo: Nature and nurture
Indigo dyeing is practised in many small centres across India and you will find vats dotted around in communities like this. This entire process is very fragile, and highly skilled artisans are required for indigo dyeing: too much fermentation, or not enough, or the wrong level of heat can destroy a whole batch of dye. Indigo vats must be monitored and maintained on a daily basis.
Indigo dyeing is done by several dips to achieve the desired shade - about 8 to 10 dips will achieve a dark shade. The Indigo plant leaves are used to ferment and create the blue dye. Unlike other textile dyeing processes, the fabric does not turn blue in the dye pot but it needs to be exposed to air. Drying a piece of dyed fabric will slowly turn from yellow to green, to a deep dark blue by exposure to air.
At the heart of Injiri is a deep respect for the materials they work: they have been conservative in their approach to the collection, cutting the garments in a way that ensures there is minimum wastage by means of using more rectangular panels.
Most Injiri garments are initially cut in a way that ensures there is minimum waste generated however, whatever is left is repurposed through weaving. The off-cuts are woven to make unique, recycled textiles that are used in the garments, resulting in a collection of pieces that are at once symbiotic yet one-of-a-kind.
Can't visit us in store?
You can book a complimentary virtual styling appointment with our Bamford store teams to browse the Injiri pop-up collection at your convenience.
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