WEFTS OF INDIA – The journey you have never done
The idea of this project originates from Rosita Paola Garibotti’s years long passion, inspiration and research into Indian fabrics and young Indian clothes designers involved in revaluing antique traditions.
rosita g.le stoffe – HISTORY
rosita g.le stoffe was born in 2011. Paola Rosita travels through India to meet NGO’s, weavers, artisans. She starts to attend Mumbai’s Fashion Week and develops an ever more specific knowledge and expertise in the field of loom weaves.
During her journey, Rosita Paola is moved by the image and beauty of women weavers, and by the idea of promoting a “different” type of fashion in Italy, that is not industrial nor disposable.
From then on, she looks for and buys handmade materials and saris from women in remote villages of India. Back in Italy, rosita g.le stoffe becomes the promoter of an elegant, sophisticated and sustainable fashion image.
VISION AND COMMITTMENT
Rosita Paola wishes to recall and cultivate Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy. Gandhi fought for each Indian citizen to have a Charkha (spinning wheel), the idea being that hand weaving makes humans free and independent, and gives them dignity.
“Every revolution of the wheel spins peace, goodwill and love.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Today as then, the loom offers rural area’s inhabitants employment and a dignified environment, thus avoiding migration to big cities. Young women learn a craft, which allows them to study and support family. Without it, subsistence is based on harvests, not always sufficient to feed the whole household.
Rosita Paola loves and believes in “Fashion at the loom” because each piece of fabric is unique, holds a story, creates involvement and carries the beauty of imperfection. Last but not least, she knows this type of fashion is sustainable.
“A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF INDIAN LOOMS“– PROJECT
Rosita Paola offers her services as a Sustainable Fashion Consultant who will accompany groups of Italian women during trips to India to discover one of the realities of rural life through women weavers, embroiderers, printers, NGO’s and Indian Clothes Designers who promote “handmade manufacturing“. She will also take the participants to Mumbai’s Fashion Week.
During each trip, a Fund will be created to help some women or to buy a loom, which will then be given to a family in the most disadvantaged villages.
Each journey will create an opportunity to ponder about the advantages of mindful fashion through direct experience.
The Journey’s key words will be: Women and Loom, Fashion and Sustainability.
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AND MEETINGS
Maheswar, Kutch, Kolkata and Bengala, Kumaon (Himalaya), Mumbai and Delhi.
Note: Destinations will vary based on Monsoon seasons and Mumbai Fashion Week’s dates.
Some name of designers, printers, weavers we will meet during our trips:
Maharaja of Indoore Mr Richard Holkar, Sally Holkar founder of Women Weave, Mira Sagar of Vaya, Rashmi Bharti founder of NGO Avani, Anavila Misra (designer), Payal Khandwla (designer), Pallavi Datta (sostainable fashion blogger), Khatri Abdulrauf Abduleazak of Ajrakh Print, Khamir NGO, Maku Textiles.
Each trip/consultancy will give the opportunity to create a fund to help, on a case-by-case basis, a weaver’s family and/or to purchase looms.
Sharing and spreading a new sensitivity of mindful buying.
The aim is to involve journalists from national newspapers specialized in Fashion, Travels and Organic living; women from committed organisations (FAO), clubs (Rotary, Lions, American Exchange of Rome, etc.), no profit organisations (Women Entrepreneurs), Fashion Traders and Women who love and believe in Mindful Fashion.
Project Launch: April 2016.
First Trip: 22. January – 3. February 2017.
PARTNERS AND COLLABORATIONS
Paola Garibotti, from rosita g.le stoffe, Project Creator, Sustainable Fashion Consultant, responsible for all the contacts in India;
Federica Tosarello, account for communication and support in the organisation;
Air India Italy;
Indian Embassy in Italy (currently being defined);
Artigiani Digitali (media partner)
Collaboration with designers, weavers, stampers, local NGO’s;
Anavila (Winner of Vogue India Fashion Fund’s Sari Award 2015);
Gutam Vazirani (organizer of the Textile Day of the Fashion Week, expert of young designer and supporter of Indian handmade);
Mira Sagar (designer);
Bandana Tewari (fashion journalist);
Woman Wave NGO;
Kamalan Tour Operator.
Many thanks to all the people, Institutions and Associations who support the project and to all who will participate to our journey!