At FGL Store we work towards being as sustainable as we can. We strive to create a long lasting wardrobe.
Our garments are developed with a family business in Jaipur, India.
They work with small-scale production and with a unique technique, dabu printing - where they use clay and wood blocks to print patterns on fabrics.
The process is truly special and each family has its own recipe.
We want to show you the process - how it works when you print our "Blooming Blue" pattern.
It's the pattern Mir has on her shirt. This fabric i going to be bags printed in the same pattern.
The cotton fabric has already been colored gray-blue once with a mineral called kashish, an all-natural color process.
The fabric has then dried and ready for printing.
Each family has its own prescription of clay used for printing and the ingredients are clay mud, limestone, mimosa tree, wheat and grain mud.
Patterns are carved out of wooden blocks that are dipped in the mud and then pressed on the fabric.
It is Dafu Devi who works with our fabric today. We work with families that mix both men and women equally at work.
We are glad to the fact that everyone is working side by side with a lot of laughter and warmth.
After pressure, sawdust is poured over the pattern so that the pressure does not smuch.
Dafu Devi draws down the fabric on one side of the work table, giving space for fabric that has not been printed yet.
Time to continue with the rest of the piece of cloth.
After the printing process, the fabric may dry on the roof in the sun and wind before dipped in color.
We're working with Indigo - from the flower Indigo.
The fabric is properly dipped and gloves are used in order to avoid getting blue, but the water is totally harmless.
The fabric turns green when exposed to acid, the color changes immediately to blue. This process of indigo is often repeated several times after the fabric is dried to achieve several tones in the fabric.
The fabrics are dried directly on the ground, under the hot sun ...
... or hanging from rooftops and various drying positions.
After this, the fabric is washed properly to loosen the clay. Just here a married couple works together - they stand in the water working and change every other hour.
The fabric is knocked against the stone hills for the clay to let go and for the fabric to be clean. Then it is dried again.
The process ends with the fabric being boiled in a large copper pan in a bath of alum and dried flowers for softness and color strength.
Then it is once again dried in the wind and sun. Minimal environmental impact.
It's incredibly much work and proud little family companies behind this shirt.
And now we are extra happy when wearing our skirts that's printed and dyed with the same procedure.
Should take care of it a bit extra lovingly theese meetings actually ...
All garments are sewn by hand and are made in small collections with a durable thought behind them, contrary to "fast fashion".
No two textiles are exactly alike. All garments are made at purposely slow pace. Production time purely depends on our beautiful mother nature.
Miranda & Kristin, Team FGL