THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A conversation with Biome’s founder Namrata Manot, a social entrepreneur working towards promoting sustainable clothing, will remind us about the good-old indigo dyed denim. A time before acid-washed apparels, to be specific. In a world full of vibrant, brightly-coloured clothes that go through 8,000 different kinds of processing and dyeing, Namrata’s slow fashion label stands out, as it creates handwoven apparels that are easy on the skin and the environment.
“There is no embroidery on our garments. The cuts are the areas we play in, leaving room for you to accessorise it as you please. It could be worn as a casual/semi-formal/formal wear depending on what you wear with it,” begins the designer, who’ve been exploring the techniques and possibilities within the dyeing industry since 2010.
Colour me happy
While pigments like madder and others are familiar to us through runway collections from designers like Sreejith Jeevan, Namrata’s limited edition range picks its colours from fruits such as pomegranate and minerals like iron, alum, etc.
“The styles we have sent to Kochi are subtle and will celebrate the body shape without being flamboyant. The colour palette is indigo-blue and greens, peach, yellow and white. The shades are inspired by basant (spring season, when the new leaves sprout),” says Namrata.
Elaborating on her future plans regarding Biome, the entrepreneur tell us that she’s trying to create a community of like-minded designers and buyers through her pop-ups across the country. Apart from this, Namrata and her team are also trying to document natural dyers all over India through a travelogue titled the Biome Project. From March 9 -10 . At Ashima Bhan, Panampilly Nagar Main Avenue