I want to take you through the life of one of my garments that will alleviate these curiosities.
Here is a journey that starts with hand drawn scribble, designs and notes ingrained in vintage inspirations and in this case the fusion of the traditional Aztec motifs with a modern silhouette. This will develop into its originality, making this piece on of its own.
The pattern is then embossed with removal blue ink with intricate details on delicate natural gauze cotton that follow the shoulder line, down the chest in a panel of single thread, hand embroidered by artisans in KOPAL original pattern.
The embroidery process involves hand stencilling a scale specific pattern inline and, from then, left in the mastered hands of a team of Artisan woman in India.
It is talent passed down throughout artisan's generations and, in some cases, the only skill they have to earn a fair living.
The Meera Top was intentioned to be a staple piece that is able to work its way into your every day closet as a tasteful, light, sustainable summer blouse.
Kopal selectively works with local artisans and mediates its own collaborations so that all benefits and fair wages go directly to the artisans and their immediate communities. Through extensive relationship building Kopal is able to oversee the creation of each and every one of her pieces handmade pieces in India.
The Meera Top is tailored in exclusive, slow fashion, limited numbers. Each and every Meera Top is handmade in India, which means that none of the Meera tops are exactly the same. Each piece of our ethical fashion brand is, just like every human being.
Once completed the Meera Top's say goodbye to the Delhi workshop and joins our rack at KOPAL in Byron Bay, awaiting the wandering woman who would select her for the rest of its journey.
Each step of the Meera Top is an additional personal touch, from seed to garment, and finally to you, the wearer.
If you enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes of the Meera Top, make sure you keep checking our journal to see and read more behind the scenes at KOPAL.