Kutch is home to some of India’s most talented artisans. Bandhani, Ajrakh Blockprinting, embroidery and weaving are all practiced widely, making Kutch a paradise for textile lovers the world over. Creating Madame Hall designs involves a fusion of talents. Designs evolve with the special abilities of these artists in mind, to bring you Kutch style, as coordinated, designed and made by Madame Hall.
Dipu and Chandrika are both excellent tailors.
Chandrika has been recently trained by Lisa, and sewing Madame Hall’s Signature Skirts have become her specialty. Learning a new skill has boosted her confidence, while improving her English language has been an added bonus!
Dipu comes from a family of tailors, his excellent English makes working with him a dream, added to this, he has a great eye for design, and a desire to learn more about western pattern making techniques.
Sufiyan Khatri and his family have almost legendary status in Kutch amongst lovers of naturally dyed Ajrak block prints. Always found with indigo dyed fingernails, his natural creativity produces some of the most beautiful block prints from his workshop in Ajrakhpur. Sufiyan travels regularly, teaching and lecturing about his craft to students wanting to learn more about his age-old printing methods.
Bandhani or Tie and Dye
Millie works from her home, like many women in Kutch. After her housework is finished she spends the long, hot afternoons pinching and tying pre marked designs at lightning speed on cotton and silk cloth. Later these are dyed, sometimes tied again, and re dyed to create Kutch Bandhani, a distinctive feature of every Kutchi womans wardrobe.
All tribal communities produce embroidery styles and designs that are unique to them. Rabari, Jat, Ahir and Meghwal women traditionally embroider during the hot afternoons, designs that represent their culture.