Tradition's husband and wife team, Deborah Emmett and Riyaz Hakim divide their time between homes in Sydney, Australia and Delhi, India.
Although much of the inspiration for designs, colours and styles for Tradition Textiles' range of scarves, clothing and home furnishings is derived from Deborah's Australian background it is her and Riyaz's love of textiles that brings them both to India.
Since 2003 they have spent time working with traditional textile artisan communities in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Kashmir and Gujarat developing textiles designs. Each community specialises in a particular technique like woodblock printing, crewel embroidery or bandhani tie-dyeing. Often the textile techniques and skills are passed from one generation to the next.
Traditional textile communities involve a number of artisans with different skills to complete one product.
Deborah and Riyaz find that by spending time within a particular textile community they gain a better understanding of the technique they want to use in a Tradition design. Likewise the artisans become included in the design process, share their insights and gain an understanding of trends and styles in other markets.
Fair trade practice and sustainability are primary considerations. By encouraging the creation of new products using traditional techniques and quality materials like pashmina, merino wool, cotton, linen and silk they hope skills, that could soon be lost will continue to thrive for future generations.
Each product has its own story that can be shared with customers.
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Textile Society of America Symposium paper 2016
Textile Society of America Symposium paper 2014
Inspirations magazine features an article Working with Artisans in Kashmir about the story of Tradition Textiles' hand embroidered crewel fabrics