We went speed dating and ended up business partners. How’s that for a, ’so how did you guys meet’ story?
It was a cold January morning in 2014 when we met at the Modefabriek Fashion Match in Amsterdam. As soon as the bell went off we knew that our shared love for India, social impact and textiles could not end with that single, 20 minutes meeting. Something bigger, greater than all 3 of us had to follow. Months later, we found ourselves sitting at the dining table in Sindhu's home finalising the name KARIGAR for our brand. It was the closest to what we believed in – working directly with the karigars (‘artisan’ in Hindi) to innovate using design and connecting them to the world. Just us and them. No middle men.
From stitching cloth labels on our shawls to discussing designs for famous museums, we have had the privilege to do it all. Being the founders of a sustainable fashion brand has also meant making lifestyle changes, for some of us. We now read packaging labels in greater detail, swap our clothes and even unwillingly force ourselves to be in the limelight. We struggle to look stylish, are always unhappy with our photographs and heave a sigh of relief when we step into our sneakers.
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Favourite KARIGAR product: The Cape Istanbul is my personal favourite, matching my warm skin colour and blond hair.
Favourite inspiring quote: “There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it creates hunger and unhappiness” - MK Gandhi
Favourite KARIGAR product: I love the rich colours of the New Delhi Cape and the grandness of its woven texture and natural feel.
Favourite inspiring quote: “Excellence is a continuous process, not an accident” - APJ Kalam