Seamstress is quaint boutique store which started out in Thrissur, Kerala by Vimala Viswambharan & Rasmi Poduval. The core philosophy of Seamstress is that the beauty of the garment lies in the textile & its construct – the cut, fit & finish. Hand weaving is becoming an increasingly rare and dying art form. We at Seamstress prefer to work with with handwoven fabrics, reviving and recreating ancient weaves.
The Kaithari Project
( Kaithari meaning handwoven in Malayalam. Kai<Malayalam>=Hand and Thari<Malayalam>=Weave )
Since 2014, we have been hard at work on a project very close to our heart – working with the handloom weavers of Kerala. We’ve travelled the length of Kerala visiting weaving co-operatives and mapping unique weaving techniques to each region. We have come up with textile designs that bring out the unique weaving tradition specific to each geographical region. While one is accustomed to associating Kerala handlooms with the kora (white) and gold, our attempt has been to infuse a riot of colours, inspired by the lush vibrance of Kerala. A little design intervention, a play of colours & textures, a slight tweak to the original.
For us, The Kaithari Project is a richly rewarding journey of discovery & learning – we have taken away much more than we have contributed. This is our ode to the rich weaving heritage of Kerala.
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