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The Story of Our Jiva Kimono

Crafted at the Dhonk workshop in Ranthambore in Rajasthan, our Jiva Kimono offers multiple wearing options, with block printing details emphasising its relaxed styling and versatility.  A social enterprise and an arm of Ranthambore-based NGO Tiger Watch dedicated to saving the Tiger, Dhonk offers alternate livelihoods and skill training in the heartland of the tiger, Ranthambore. They work with the indigenous tribes which include the crucial ex-hunter's community to train them in the art of manual kashida embroidery and hand block printing which is Craftmark certified.  Hand-stitched in small batches and block printed by hand using AZO-free dyes, each piece is individually crafted with attention to detail in the open air workshop in Ranthambore. Under the judicious supervision of master printer Gopalji and...

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Kantha

Kantha is a centuries old tradition of stitching cloth, and one of the very oldest forms of embroidery, which can be traced back to 1500bc.  Mainly seen in the East Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, and in Bangladesh. A very simple embroidery stitch – a running stitch - Kantha refers both to the stitch and the cloth it creates.  Kantha has been used for centuries to mend and “make good” textiles; its ripple effect across the fabric adding strength and making the fabric serviceable again.  This ancient craft was, and still is today, passed down from mother to daughter. It is a skill learnt in childhood by millions of rural women, many of whom are impoverished and live in socially conservative...

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Ahimsa Silk - Non-violent Silk - Vegan Silk - Peace Silk

“ Non–violence is a quality not of the body, but of the soul” – Mahatma Gandhi . Conventional silk is produced by boiling silkworms alive in their cocoons, thereby killing some 3,000 worms to produce one pound of silk. On the other hand, Ahimsa silk, also known as non-violent or peace silk, is a sustainable and ethical approach to the production of silk which does not involve the killing of the silk worms.  In conventional silk production, by preventing the moths escaping, the continuity of the silk thread is maintained thus making a smoother finer silk. Ahimsa silk is produced by allowing the silk moth to be released from the cocoon before the silk is reeled. The piercing of the cocoon...

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Khadi

  All Khadi is hand woven, but not all hand woven is Khadi. Khadi is hand woven using a yarn that has been hand spun on a chakha. No machinery is used to make either the yarn or the fabric. Khadi production has little or no carbon footprint because of this method. While Khadi is usually manufactured from cotton, contrary to popular belief it is also made from silk and woolen yarn (called Khadi silk and Khadi wool respectively). This eco-friendly fabric is known for its texture, comfortable feel and ability to keep people warm in the winter as well as cool in summer. During the pre-independence era in India the movement of Khadi manufacturing gained momentum under the guidance of Mahatma...

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