Every stitch, gather and selvedge in Chinar Farooqui’s designs for Injiri tell a story. Farooqui sees her textiles as text, a hand-crafted tale that’s shaped by artisans and weavers across India. With influences from folk clothing and local dressing styles, complemented by a deep respect for process, Injiri writes a compelling aesthetic narrative.
If storytelling looks back to folk traditions, so does Farooqui. She has a Masters in Textiles from India’s National Institute of Design, but can often be found continuing her education at museums, where she studies vintage folk garments. In these Farooqui finds both beauty and comfort: “I think there’s a classicism and also spontaneity” she says.
Farooqui embraces this ‘spontaneous’ element in her own designs. “The textile suggests the shape and kind of garment I would like to make from it,” she says. “When I design the textile, I am not aware of where its elements will be used on a garment. Only when I have the textile ready in my hand do I start to work with it in a manner that allows me to bring out its beauty in the best possible way. My clothes are like little stories of the textiles.”... To read the full article click on the Selvedge Article icon below from issue 58.