There has been a lot of awareness about eco-friendly products lately. Be it regular use bags or water bottles, many have chosen to use products that can be recycled and don’t cause any harm to the environment. Going another step ahead is the textile industry trying its way to promote eco-friendly clothing. One among them is Dipti Mrinalini, a designer and a label.
Indian fabrics being her forte, Dipti looks forward to encouraging handloom fabrics to make unusual outfits.
“Since I was growing up, I would go around places and pickup a lot of handlooms. Also, I’ve seen my mother and the rest of my family wear mostly handwoven cottons. So, it created a base for me. Also, I picked it up while I was working on livelihood projects, I grew particular that I should use something that had a hand-made element as it is the second largest livelihood provider in India and it deserves to be nurtured,” shares Dipti.
“I wanted to give it a form that wasn’t thought of being boring. If you think of a handloom sari, you can only think of a much older person. But, we have now transformed these handlooms into silhouettes that are global, but the source is very local,” she adds.
Talking about sustainable fashion, Dipti shares her techniques of bringing eco-friendly fashion to people. “We are working towards environment-friendly dyes sourced from nature. Our first priority always was to pickup from local small-scale weavers. We are also working towards organic cotton. However, we also don’t throw out the remaining fabric waste and create products out of them.”
Dipti and her team predominantly use cotton fabrics and avoid using polyester, nylon, etc. Also, they plan to avoid silk in the coming future to be part of cruelty-free fashion. Apart from that, they use natural buttons like a shell, a cork or a piece of wood.
“We are looking at samples of local varieties of cotton and organic cotton that are naturally coloured. Also, there is a lot of innovation happening with new yarns like banana cotton fibre (fibre that has been removed from banana plant and made into fabric), organic cotton blended with aloe vera, milk protein, rose petals, pineapple, mushroom coming in the market,” shares Dipti.
The designer specialises predominantly in western garments for both women and men with sustainable sizing. She also does a bit of fusion work on order basis.
Talking about styling existing garments in the wardrobe, the designer says, “From my particular line, there are these dresses like wrap tops, wrap dresses and tunics that should be in anybody’s wardrobe as they are versatile and can match with any outfit. You could also just wear a jacket on top for a rugged look. Also, accessorising with belts, scarves and jewellery can make any dress look good.”