Meet the Designers
- Eká, in Sanskrit, means ‘one’ and echoes the sin- gular effort of many individuals. Eka finds charm in the familiar - pastoral pleasures, a lilting breeze or the warmth of a lifelong friend. This spirit takes shape in soulful clothing that lives on through individual expression. Eká makes their own textiles, favouring the mechanics and raw beauty of natural fibres, regional crafts and indigenous skills.
Building a commercial brand with a unique aesthetic that bridges the east and west sensi- bilities has been the guiding design outline and as such, garments are versatile: fluid in shape, evolved in textiles and texture, and seen as essential to timeless wardrobes. Worn as separates or layered, each involves craftsmanship along with extensive development with traditional textile techniques.
Functional and timeless, Eká is made in India and draws from indigenous skills whereby natural materials are developed from India’s regional craft belts.
The resulting relationships form the base of our reliable supply chain across various parts of the country. Our cotton, linen, wool and special techniques of jamdani and tangail are from India’s eastern state of West Bengal. Gujarat offers us the techniques of block making, printing and indigo dyeing and we travel higher up to Amritsar for specialized jacquard looms.
- Injiri - meaning “real India”, historically stands for “real Madras checkered textiles” which were exported to West Africa back in the 18th century.
Launched in 2009 as a clothing brand by Chinar Farooqui, Injiri believes in the beauty of hand-weaving processes. Injiri as a brand is more about story-telling, the end point is reflective of the journey of many processes. We make clothing for women and textiles for home. The brand focus is on textile development and sustainable usage of materials.
Chinar’s lac-dyeing research project in Bhujodi, Kachchh was instrumental in reviving techniques of organic dyeing with the initiatives of the Master weavers.
Chinar founded Injiri in the year 2009 with a desire to form long lasting liaisons with Indian textiles through her work and on going explorations in regional techniques.
“Being a student of textiles, I love the hand-loom. It’s more about celebrating the entire process of hand-weaving – and the clothes are actually little stories about the textiles they are made of.” ~Chinar Farooqui
Santanu and Chirag come up with designs, which are then woven by skilled hand-weavers as khadi, muslin and jamdani fabrics. Every item is dyed with indigo dye, which has a 5,000 year-old history in India. Their designs are then sold all over the world, from the USA to Japan. However their ethos is “anti-fashion”, and the duo do not exhibit their work in fashion shows. Maku clothes are not marketed as fashion pieces – they are skillfully woven garments that promote the historic craft practices of India.
Five years ago we started with 5 weaving families in West Bengal, who practiced tangail weaves. After 5 years, today we still work with them. Only difference is the number. Today we are working with around 100 weavers. These weavers are our greatest strength.