The Karkhana Chronicles aims to bring the stories of our artisans and their crafts to wider urban audiences who are now eagerly embracing slow and sustainable living. Fashion has a big role to play in this ‘new’ lifestyle. By sparking awareness, we hope to learn from our traditional communities and see how we can adopt their practices in the way we make and consume fashion today.
a royal platform
To give our karigars a platform for their work, we could think of no one better than the Royal Families of some of India’s most storied erstwhile princely states. While they were already involved in promoting traditional arts and crafts in various individual capacities, the Karkhana Chronicles was the perfect opportunity for them to strengthen and reclaim their role as ambassadors and patrons of India's rich craftsmanship.
In 2020, the erstwhile princely states of Jaisalmer, Mayurbhanj and Gwalior turned their historical properties into monuments to the wasteless textile practices of local communities. This first edition of the Karkhana Chronicles showcased handlooms such as chanderi, ralli, pattu, ajrak and the phuta sari as well as dokra and sabai craft works.
The chosen crafts were intimately tied to local customs and history as well as the Royal Families themselves. All installations were locally sourced from within a 100 mile radius and involved local teams and designers
akshita m. bhanj deo
Strategy Lead, The Refashion Hub
Head of Design, TheRefashion Hub
Designer, The ReFashion Hub
Digital Communications Lead, TheRefashion Hub
the refashion hub
The Karkhana Chronicles initiative falls under one of our larger initiatives - The ReFashion Hub - to spark conversations around the darker side of the fashion industry - excessive usage and contamination of water and wastage. We’ve undertaken a number of activities under the banner of the Hub including a first-of-its-kind Fashion Forward Fellowship, comics for change and various industry workshops and events.