SPIN­NING A YARN

CHINAR FAROOQUI, 38, FOUNDER AND DE­SIGNER, INJIRI, JAIPUR

India Today - - COVER STORY - www.injiri.in By Ridhi Kale

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

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