CRAFTS & SOCIAL IMPACT
Maka Maka has consistently and passionately worked with Artisan communities to support and conserve heritage and ancient crafts. The story of the craft, the people, and the historical significance of some are fascinating stories we love to share.
Our collaborations with various Artisans have led to the economic independence of Women Artisans, improved infrastructure for better efficiencies in production capacity, and continuation of dying crafts employing fair trade and sustainable business practices.
Jamdani has been denoted as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and dates back to 14th century Bengal, India. When woven on muslin, the regal essence and the luxurious feel collectively make the fabric utterly desirable! A few master weavers are recognized as bearers of the traditional Jamdani motifs and weaving techniques, and transmit the knowledge and skills to family members. In India, Jamdani is recognized as a symbol of identity, dignity and self-recognition.
Ahimsa (Peace) Silk
Peace Silk or Ahimsa Silk is obtained when the silkworm metamorphoses into a moth and vacates the cocoon. The cocoons are then collected and the impurities are cleaned. They are hand-spun mostly by women of the weaver's house. Weaving Peace Silk fabrics require skill and patience. The knowledge is handed down from generation to generation.
Using back strap looms, our Women Artisans weave beautiful geometric patterns that are then stitched in to home and fashion products. Mostly from farming communities, the indigenous Naga motifs are inspired by Nature.
Ajrakh & Block Printing
Ajrakh, which, means "Keep Today" is an ancient craft of block printing that dates back centuries. Ajrakh textiles are made with natural dyes. The entire production process includes both vegetable dyes and mineral dyes. Indigo is a key dye. The longer the textiles are processed with the natural dyes, the richer the colors. Hence, Ajrakh - keep today.
Bengal Kantha Embroidery
The craft of Kantha embroidery is a rural craft, where women artisans embroider intricate patterns on up-cycled fabrics and Saris to create home and fashion products. Kantha embroidered Fashion apparels are prized items. We collaborate with a community of Women Artisans who earn their livelihood through their craft.
Weaving of Dhurry Rugs
The craft of weaving dhurries is an example of meticulous calculation and laborious work. It takes 10-15 days to weave a dhurry/rug. A technique handed down from generation to generation, we've traced the heritage of some of our Artisan families to Persia (ancient Iran), now living in India for 700 years.
SOCIAL & environmental IMPACT
Adorn - Circular Fashion
To minimize production related textile waste, we have reimagined the Sari offcuts as beautiful Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Obi Belts, and Bags. Each collection is unique as it is a limited edition one. By repurposing off cuts into beautiful accessories, we design a zero waste fashion collection following the principles of Circular Fashion.
The Story of Jamdani
Jamdani, is an intricate and complex craft of weaving textiles that originated in 14th century Bengal, India. UNESCO deemed Jamdani as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Sustainable Design Collection
Deb is a talented Designer/Artisan who creates environmentally conscious designs using scrap material. Working collaboratively with Maka Maka, Deb creates unique and innovative designs by using locally sourced ecological materials.
Effect of Natural Dyes on the Environment
Natural Dyes, such as, Indigo, Madder Root, and Turmeric have been used for centuries by Block Printers in India. Here's a look at how they benefit us and the environment.