SPINNING A YARN
CHINAR FAROOQUI, 38, FOUNDER AND DESIGNER, INJIRI, JAIPUR
Chinar Farooqui’s search for native materials and her love affair with handloom resulted in an apparel brand called Injiri in 2009 and a home label in 2011. Injiri was the name given by the Kalabari people of the Nigerian delta to Madras plaid fabric that was exported from south India in the 18th century.
BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY “The home line is an extension of the apparel,” says Farooqui, who has a master’s degree in textile design from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. She works with kala cotton which is an organic variety that is locally grown and hand spun. She also uses mill cotton, hand spun cotton (created by weavers without machines), wool and linen-silks. Specialised techniques such as ikat, hand embroidery and extra weft can be seen in her furnishings.
DESIGN DIGEST “My first home line Rebari was inspired by the Rabari community in Kutch,” says Farooqui. With a network of handloom collectives from Gujarat to West Bengal she has throws, bedcovers and cushions on retail.
PRICE `2,000 to `15,000
COTTON CALL Chinar Farooqui uses locally produced cotton