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Behind the fabric
Each season in our ready-to-wear collection, a proportion of the silks featured in the designs
are hand screen printed in collaboration with charity Women’s Interlink Foundation,
based in Kolkata, in association with Key To Freedom. The charities work to
rehabilitate and reintegrate women back into society who have been victims
of human trafficking and the sex trade, and provide them with a sustainable livelihood.
A true artisanal skill, screen printing has been
a popular technique in both the fashion
and art world, with artists such as
Andy Warhol using it for his infamous
portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
Screen printing is a stencil method of printmaking in which a design is imposed on a screen
of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance.
Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and by wetting the
substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke.
As the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate.
One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to
produce a multicoloured image or design.
Traditionally the process was called silkscreen printing as silk was used before the invention of polyester mesh.
This has been used for three of our silks for
Spring Summer 2017, including our
coral tile print which is seen here in three of our designs.
We have provided
HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT
For vulnerable and trafficked women. Our aim is to enable them to live in freedom
We're creating a sustainable, commercial, and creative vehicle that will provide an alternative livelihood to these women. We do this by providing meaningful employment to women who craft our products, and we also donate 10% of our profits to charitable causes.
We are currently working with
Who are joining us in our cause to empower women through the business of fashion.