- Made entirely from upcycled material, Hamsini’s creations are a riot of all things pretty
The Kancheevaram sari remains a favourite and a staple thanks to its luxurious look and durability
A self-taught designer, Hamsini started with creating paper products and branched into fabric work around 2013. “We have always kept a box to collect waste – both paper and fabric. Once that waste increased, I decided it’s time I convert them into something,” says Hamsini who finds the process of upcycling extremely rewarding.
‘Working with small waste materials is quiet laborious. Sometimes it takes three days to make just one piece’
Deeply inspired from her love for Indian folk art, Hamsini’s products reflect traditional embroidery. Gond art features prominently on many of the works. Bespoke products too are undertaken under a project called Patchwork Tradition. “Here, orders are taken to design and produce patchwork home linen using old traditional saris. The saris handed in are closely inspected for strength as well as damage. Richly hued Kancheevaram saris, most suited for this, have a long lifespan. This heavy pure silk fabric is woven with the purpose of handing it down many generations. When one tires of wearing them, they still are more than durable,” she informs.
Other times, requests from a client spark inspiration for a range. “One of our clients who loves elephants asked me to make something for her. That gave the idea to convert our smallest scraps of leftover material into little elephant dolls that make up a huge part of our inventory.” These are our personal favourite. Seeming bedecked thanks to the rich silk fabric, these little elephant dolls make for attractive wall décor hangings and even toys.
Going forward Hamsini wants more and more people to experience the joy of reinvention with upcycling. “We have people appreciating and wanting to donate their old saris and damaged fabric. It is deeply gratifying to see these being put to use somewhere rather than tearing and throwing them away.”
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