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The artistry of India

Our collaboration with Injiri

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.

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.

Each Injiri piece passes through the hands of craftspeople from all over India, before it is cut, stitched and finished in their Jaipur studio. Injiri’s work is a joyful celebration of the skill in the work of the hand and, as it does for us, the desire to protect those valuable skills and traditions permeates everything they do.

Injiri SS20: Teej collection

The name Teej signifies a festival of Rajasthan, which welcomes monsoon season. The collection consists of handloom-based jamdani textiles, tie and dye textiles (or bandhanis), and also lustrous cottons and silks. Injiri works with the same set of weaving and dyeing artisans for each collection, building on the learning of the past seasons.

Weaving

Weaving has been done in vibrant colours for this collection, inspired by Pahari miniatures – a colourful form of Indian painting, which has been a reference point for Injiri’s colour palette for a long time. Injiri is inspired by how colour behaves on a certain fibre and the way in which the yarn itself evolves when dye is applied to it; the closeness of warp threads combined with the number of picks in the weft define the density of colour and texture achieved in woven fabrics.

Introducing extra weft with organic cotton has been used here to achieve beautiful vibrant shades of yellows, pinks and blues.

Fabrics that are woven on the loom are usually washed immediately after weaving. In Bhujodi, they are hand-washed many times to bring the warp closer and to soften the textile. The beauty of each process in the making of fabrics adds to the experience of working with textiles, imbuing the final garment with the care and intention of every pair of hands that has been a part of its journey.

Tie and dye (bandhani)

The hand tie and dye pieces are achieved through a technique of discharge dyeing known as Bandhani - meaning removal of colour after tying the dots in the fabric. “Bandh” literally means to tie. The designs are marked on the fabric, and then these marked dots are pinched and thread is wound tightly around so as to prevent the dye from penetrating this part of the fabric. Three tools are used to tie the fabric: a strong cotton thread called dheri, a glass or metal pipe called bhungali and a thimble called naklo. The fabric is then dyed, washed once to remove excess colour from the fabric and left to dry.

Once it has dried completely, the knots are unfastened again by hand and the undyed portions of the fabric reveal themselves in an intricate dotted pattern. Tying these knots is a time-consuming process and depending on the intricacy of the design, it might take months or even a year for the women of the village to tie these knots - making a Bandhani garment a valued piece to be treasured and kept forever. In India, Rajasthan and Gujarat are the states most known to practice this craft technique and it is typically done by women in between household chores. To this date, the processes followed are still similar to that in the past.

Zero waste

Recycling the left-over fabric by means of weaving has also been done as an attempt to innovatively upcycle cutting waste in the Teej collection. 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.

Injiri pop-up

A selected edit of the Injiri SS20 collection will be available to purchase in our Bamford Barn throughout July and August. As you browse, you will experience how each Injiri item is woven and embroidered by hand using traditional Indian textiles and techniques.

13th - 26th July // BAMFORD BARN, COTSWOLDS

27th July - 9th August // BAMFORD, MAYFAIR

‘Craftsmanship and the need to support its artisan skills have been at the heart of the Bamford philosophy since we founded the brand, and they are also values that are central to the work and pieces that Injiri create. Our collaboration unites these beliefs. It is an opportunity to showcase our shared love of the extraordinary talents and work of the designers and artisans behind these exquisite Indian crafts.’ - Carole Bamford

TRAVEL NOTES FROM INDIA

A conversation between Chinar Farooqui, founder of Injiri and our founder Carole Bamford.

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