Our upcycled collection is mostly made from India's oldest garment - a Sari or a Saree. Worn by millions of women across India and around the world, sarees account to a big % of textile waste. So when looking for beautiful, flowy fabrics for our upcycled collection, there was no question we were going to go with saris!
We create new, simple silhouettes with the help of these colourful, patterned fabrics, mixing the world of Indian textiles & that of Nordic simplicity.
Upcycling or giving new meaning to an old item is inspired by my Indian upbringing. Every trip to India involves me personally traveling to meet small business owners who trade used, vintage sarees for a living.
A lover of colours & prints, we pick sarees that are soft, flowing and offer a beautiful drape. However, there is no way of knowing exact composition of these fabrics given their vintage nature. Ranging from viscose, mix of cotton, synthetic to a mix of silk, there is a lot on offer.
CREPE SILK SAREES
In some situations, I am able to find vintage Crepe Silk sarees that have been worn by women in India for generations, often at ceremonial gatherings. These saris are pure silk but due to its weaving pattern, they are delicate, soft and breathable. All garments made from these sarees carry the word SILK in their webshop titles to make it easy for the customers to chose easily.
PURE SILK & BANARSI SILK SAREES
In our upcycled festive collections, we have also added some pure silk and Banarsi silk sarees. These are extremely valuable across all Indian households due to their beautiful Zari or metallic thread weaves. Garments made from these also
carry the word SILK in their webshop titles.
VINTAGE PATHWORK & EMBROIDERED QUILTS
We also use cotton quilts and vintage beddings inspired by Kantha and patch work techniques to make our jackets.
The characteristics of Kantha technique is long lines of stitching on a ground of layered and mixed patterned clothes. Additionally, our embroidered jackets are
inspired by the Afghan craftwork of Suzani, but employ the Indian version of the same called Chainstitch.
Each quilt is personally picked at vintage stores across Jaipur, India.
At Moi Namaste, we want to best represent the rich textile heritage of India. However, when working with virgin fabrics, we want to ensure we are keeping our environmental impact on the low. This is why all our cotton garments are made using GOTS-certified Organic Cotton. According to the WWF, it takes 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make just one T-shirt. However, organic cotton — generally produced without synthetic chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides — is a different story altogether. The Soil Association says it uses only 243 liters by comparison.
For printing, we employ the traditional technique of Blockprinting.
The traditional process of hand block printing on textiles, with rich natural colors, has been practiced in Rajasthan for around 500 years. Today we use both natural dyes and Azo-free dyes in our fabrics.