PINK CITY PRINTS
Glasgow School of Art graduate Molly Russell lives in Jaipur for six months of the year and works alongside block-printers, embroiderers and weavers overseeing the whole process from start to finish.
“India has such an immensely rich culture of craft forms I’m constantly finding new processes to work with. It’s so inspirational, my senses are alive and I find beauty everywhere but craft is dying out, we must do all we can to use and promote them.“
An embroidered dress takes three days to complete. Block-printing is a little quicker but printing can only take place during certain times of the year due to the weather. Only natural fibres including cotton, hand-loomed khadi cotton and silk are used. Each piece has been worked on by hand whether handspun, printed or embroidered. The hand-work brings life and a unique quality to the clothing.
Pink City’s hand-loom fabric is made in villages outside Kolkata. Initially, the cotton is hand-spun and then delivered to the weavers houses where they keep their wooden looms. Each person will weave around 3-4 metres per day. They have the freedom to work when they want. All employees are treated with care and respect, working eight hour days with three breaks and earning more than double the minimum wage.
SS20 at Diverse