Maelu is a fashion company centered on sustainable textiles made with natural fibers & vegetable dyes. Our cotton & silk kimonos, scarves and kaftans are block-printed by artisans in India, making each item a one of-a-kind work of art.
While backpacking through India, Designer Meghna Davé fell in love with the unique prints and traditional methods of natural dying found in communities around the country.
The printing process is intricate. Teakwood blocks are carved with unique patterns & then applied with natural dyes, before being stamped on cotton or silk. Each color and design requires a different block. Natural dyes are made with a variety of materials including jaggery, pomegranate skins, alum and indigo bush. After being stamped, the finished fabric is laid out in the village field to dry in the sun. The fabric is then steamed, washed and ironed to permanently fix the dye.
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