We include handwoven fabrics and other traditional craft techniques in each of our collections - the time and consideration with which this weaving is carried out imbues each piece with intention.
We turned to our partners, located in Gurgaon, India to reflect on what it means to produce garments and home textiles by hand such as those they have developed for Bamford; to delve deeper into what inspires them and how they hope to see a respect for craftsmanship survive into the future.
When did your studio first start weaving fabrics on a handloom?
We bought our first loom in 2011 for experimentation in weaving. Our inspiration was to weave ourselves a heritage – and so our studio was born!
Our Master Weaver had relocated to Delhi at the time in the hope of working at the mills to support his income. By chance we happened to connect with him via the mills, and as they did not have work for the skills he had we immediately hired him for our studio - the Master weaver was so talented that his craft and our design vision was a perfect match. Since then we have been able to develop our heritage and have since amassed a growing archive of weaves, structures and yarns. Through weaving we finally found a medium to express ourselves.
Is there a personal heritage behind the weaving you do or is it inspired by the cultural heritage of India?
It is a combination of both the cultural heritage of India and our own personal histories that inspires our weaving. My father is a Textile Engineer with his own 40-year-old design archives. We started an onward journey to explore it further and this inspired us to develop our own processes. My wife, Sunanda is a Textile Designer and has contributed equally in materializing our studio, so it is most definitely a combined legacy of the traditional craft and our idea of contemporary textile design.
PICTURED: HANDLOOM PROVIDED BY SUPPLIER
'Through weaving we finally found a medium to express ourselves.'