India, Indigene, Textile & Clothing Design
Indigene is a conscious clothing label. A strong believer in sustainable design and working with communities, Indigene speaks of and for artisans, their skills, and challenges. Indigene was started by designers Ruchi Tripathi and Jaya Bhatt, textile design graduates from Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology, who with a passion for traditional textiles and handcrafted techniques shape the company and guide its development.
Indigene concentrates on classic silhouettes, ease, comfort, and all day wear-ability in their clothing. They use natural textiles such as hand woven cottons and silks from West Bengal, and wool from Himachal. Their prints are co-created with Ajrakh printers from Kutch, while the hand-embroidered kantha detailing is the work of a small group of migrant women who have settled in Delhi. Indigene's aim of working with multiple techniques on one garment is challenging as it involves moving the garment to different parts of the country according to where the artisan community is based, but therein lies the uniqueness of the work they do, ‘holding as many hands as possible to complete the circle of an Indigene garment’.
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