Across ancient cultures and civilizations, textiles have been used to primarily offer humans with a protective layer. In Dutch we call it ‘Gerborgenheid’ – the feeling of security and safety which comes from the comfort of being wrapped or covered.
KARIGAR (which means artisan in Hindi) takes this basic human need for warmth and protection and further explores how textiles can be both a necessity and a style statement.
In India, a land of rich textile heritage, a single piece of unstitched cloth provides the same feeling of ‘gerborgenheid’. It is also in that ancient land that we choose to begin our journey of creation -- along with the talented karigars or artisans who carry with them an age-old crafting tradition.
We find it as important to have a positive impact on the people we work with and the environment we create in, as we find it necessary to make a beautiful product to wear.
In using a combination of all natural materials, traditional weaving skills and modern Dutch design, we co-create versatile textiles, ensuring we tell the story of how they were made and the people who helped create them, through our Talking Tag.
By shapeshifting heritage, we offer you, our customers a new way of 'staying wrapped' and we offer our talented karigars an opportunity to preserve their wonderful craft.