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The Laura Siegel Fall Winter 2012 Collection has been created in collaboration with local textile artistsans from across India. From the women artisans of Bolivia, to the embroidery of the nomadic Rabari tribe, and the Ajrakh block-printing creations found the region of Kutch, India; the work has come together through the vison of Laura's textured aesthetic.
The people, the journey and the life stories have shaped Siegel’s design philosophies and ignited her passion for creating soft textile experiences, with ease and layering, and focus on the use of ethical practices.
Siegel’s mission: To ethically handcraft easy-to-wear, textured designer pieces while enabling artisans in third world countries to continue their uniquely creative skills.
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AJRAKH BLOCK PRINTING
For ten generations Ismail Khatri’s family has been making hand block printed fabric, known as Ajrakh. The craft itself is over 7,000 year old, with ancient examples found on Egyptian sarcophagi. The artisans use only natural dyes found in their region of Kutch, India. All of Laura Siegel’s block-printed fabrics are made in collaboration with the Khatri family. Business brought to Ajrakhpur helps to rebuild the community, which was destroyed in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquake and devastated the region.
The nomadic Rabari tribe came to India’s Kutch region in the 13th century, but it was only 15 years ago that tribe elders banned the elaborate embroidery work traditionally performed by women. Heartbroken, Rabari women found a loophole in the elders’ decree, adding an extra appliqué step to their embroidery method that allows them to continue the work they love without violating the law. Characterized by explosive color, rich texture and elaborate motifs mirroring their surroundings, Rabari embroidery is used to identify communities, sub-communities, and even social statuses.
Not only does the work support these women’s families, but by creating quality product of the craft these women love so much, gives them pride and livelihood.
All knits are created in collaboration with a group of women artisans in Bolivia. The women specialize in handmade production methods for knitting and hand machine knitting. By wearing a Laura Siegel knit piece you are empowering women through the promotion of a positive work environment for them and enabling them to provide for their families. The knitting artisans often work from home or are provided ample workshop space where they bring their children, allowing for a safe family environment.