Our Artist Dress is my personal favourite: worn once, you'll never want to wear anything else! Cut in a silhouette flattering to a range of shapes and sizes: the flat collar frames the face; the slightly fitted dolman sleeves add shape to the over-sized cut; and gathers under the gusset add drama and weight to the light cotton.

 

Artist is mid-calf length, has side pockets and closes down the center front with mother of pearl buttons, allowing it to be worn as a dress or as an open overlay.

 

The delicacy and softness of this fabric has to be touched and seen to be believed: the fine count khadi cotton is hand spun, dyed in natural indigo, then hand woven. While on the loom, the cloth is embellished with laborious supplementary weft jamdani motifs in unbleached cotton, metallic zari and gicha silk, adding delicate but sophisticated detailing to the otherwise humble fabric.

 

Material & Care

99% cotton/1% silk.​ Gentle hand wash separately in mild detergent and cold water. Do not soak. Drip dry in shade. 

 

Size

A versatile size M, suitable for S/M-M/L. Length is 123 cm (48”), sleeve measures 27 cm (10") from the shoulder and 29 cm (11.4") in circumference. 

Khadi Artist Dress | indigo jamdani

SKU: Art-2
$260.00Price

This piece is the result of a lengthy process, whereby cotton fibres are carefully hand spun and hand woven by rural Bengali weavers.This lightly textured fabric is known as khadi and maintains the intrinsic properties of cotton normally damaged during the machine-spinning process. It will continue to get softer with wear.

 

While the threads are still on the loom, highly talented artisans weave the jamdani extra weft motifs into the fabric in one the most labour intensive forms of embellishment, once patronised by Mughal royalty. 

 

This product has been dyed using natural indigo, one of the world’s oldest and most valuable dyestuffs. Colour rub-off and running is an intrinsic property of natural indigo. Any variations or irregularities are part of the design and inherent to the production process. 

 

On sustainability:

 

- Eco: khadi is ecologically superior; entirely hand made processes mean this item is eco-friendly. All materials are natural and thus bio-degradable.

 

- Ethical: cotton spinning is completed by KVI, a government-supported non-profit organisation providing rural artisans with regular work. Weaving is completed by a for-profit family-run company ensuring weavers get full-year employment and fair wages. Garments are stitched in our Delhi workshop where workers receive well above the minimum wage and enjoy flexible, safe and comfortable working conditions.

 

- Responsible design: maintaining highest quality levels and use of traditional techniques ensures this ancient skill is preserved.

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