“they cut down the branch of that age old maple tree. The roots whilst shaken, branched a stronger grip to the ground…”
We find meaning in wearing substance that has a soul and a history. Our garments rationalize the mountain lifestyle, creating an essence that can be embraced by anyone at any part of the globe – a modern day attire. This is how we started our journey to paint our culture and rich heritage on our garments – our efforts to sing and weave stories about the mountains and our ways of life.
Conceived and nurtured in the hills of Kalimpong and inspired from the mountain lifestyle, we derive our inspiration from the rich cultures prevailing around these mountains- cultures encompassing the diversities of ethnic, tribal and social groups manifesting in music, art, folklore, philosophy, literature – a place where we were born. Our designs portray these elements on our work of art and to bridge the gap between traditionalism and modernity, reflecting the ancient traditions of Nepali craftsmanship
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots – Marcus Garvey”
“a loom, thread and a grand heart…”
We identify our self as an ethically driven clothing brand, with our efforts embedded with our ways of life.While we highlight a modern day creation, we sincerely endeavor to preserve the age-old techniques of producing hand-woven fabrics that is now seen as dying off in the mountains. Our choice of fabrics, the designs and the approach make our cloths more purposeful.
Dhaka, a traditionally hand-spun and hand-loomed cotton fabric woven in numerous colours with infinite and unlimited number of patterns. The Dhaka has been part of the Nepalese attire for over two hundred years and is considered as a symbol of pride and is interlinked to its culture. Although the history of Dhaka and its origin is still a debate, its indigeneous form of expression reflecting Nepali craftsmanship of art in the tradiotional hand-weaving technique and seen as a representation of Nepali culture.
Sadly, the handlooms have been replaced by powerlooms over the years and the tradition of wearing the Dhaka can be seen as dying off.
We, at Yachna Rizal, are making an effort to preserve and reyain this age old fabric. Our dhaka is woven by families around the countryside, where they still practice of traditional ways to weave the fabric.
Eri Silk, also known as Ahimsa silk, is the mother of all sustainable fabric and is abundantly found in the North-eastern part of India. There are many reasons why the fabric remains as one of our favourites.
The fact that it is sustainable – the Eri moth feeds off castor leaves unlike the mulberry silkworm rearing which is known to be land intensive, cultivation of castor is easier, possible in drought prone regions and on small plots of land.
It has a small water footprint and produces zero waste – most plantbased natural fibres require a lot of water during the growing stages.However, Eri silk is a waste in itself thus no additional resourses are spent by nature in its making. 100% of the cocoon can be used to make the yarn. It is a nature’s way of teacing us upcycling.
At Yachna Rizal, we source our Eri silk, directly from weavers who live close to these hills.This is our choice and our way of making and weaving stories of change and presevation.
“ Yachna rizal“