Through her company Sudarshan Textiles, Hemangini Singh (the great granddaughter of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner) works closely with skilled artisans in north west India to create collections of handcrafted textiles, scarves and clothing that blend traditional crafts with modern design. The textiles are made using the techniques of natural Indigo dyeing, Sanganer hand-block printing, and a mud resist printing process from Bagru, Rajasthan. Silk Ikat ‘patola’ scarves are crafted in Gujarat, while recycled ‘khadi’ cashmere scarves are hand loomed in the Kashmir Valley.
Through the year Singh works on researching and innovating with folk textiles, and in this way she hopes to play her part in keeping heritage textile crafts alive for the next generation. Sudarshan Textiles' summer collections include fine muslin and light cashmere printed scarves, cotton voile kaftans printed with mud resist prints or shibori in bright blue hues, while the winter collection features quilted jackets, natural wool and ikat khadi cashmere scarves.