Textile Journey


An unhurried process: AJRAKH

“ To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” King Solomon

Ajrakh is derived from the Persian word “azrakh” meaning indigo, carrying with it in Kutch, the expression of “ keep it today”. The name itself embodies the unhurried process of the sixteen steps of washing, dyeing and printing, with each step performed one day at a time.

Originated by the Sindh region, modern day Pakistan. We work with an NGO that prioritises the sustainability of craft in the Kutch region

 

Search for Sustainability: MODAL

We sought for an alternative to cotton and found this green, eco-fabric. It is spun using cellulose fibers from wooden chips from the beech tree. It is more water absorbant allowing to stay colour fast. With an impressive resistance to shrinkage, smooth silky texture we were excited to work with this material for Scarlet Men. This is made in Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), fairtrade guidelines.

Sowing into diminishing crafts: Rug Weaving

Scarlet explores different crafting techniques with the community of Kutch weavers. Our rugs are made using hand-spun wool which are naturally dyed. Kharad weaving, a nomadic craft is only done by two families due to it's laborious process and the lack of eco-system support. Made of camel and goat wool, it is hand-spun into yarn and dyed using vegetable dyes.

We also seek to support community development efforts in Afghanistan through the support and sale of locally woven rugs. Profits from the sale of the afghan rugs are channelled back to health & community projects in Afghanistan.
"The author shares his respect and admiration for Afghanistan's stoic people, who, somehow, despite political upheavals, forced resettlement, a harsh climate and often primitive nomadic conditions, manage to fashion exquisite works of art which reflect their pride in their many faceted heritage" Author Richard Parsons, The CARPETS of AFGHANISTAN.