As many Dilli Grey regulars will know, we are print obsessed here at Dilli Grey. Last year it was the pineapple, but the motif du jour – decorating everything from tea-towels to clutch bags - is the desert cactus... and we couldn’t resist being a part of it.
A departure from our iconic Indian-inspired Rajasthani prints, Dilli Grey founder Vickie has taken our signature hand-block printing and used it to create a modern, trend-led cactus print to adorn the resortwear collection this summer.
We thought we’d show you how the print is created by our artisans in Jaipur… in fact it was Lara, Vickie’s 10-year-old daughter who came up with the final flourishes for the design – we start them young here at Dilli Grey HQ!
Here are some behind the scenes shots taken in India on our last trip – with the advent of bulk screen printed and mass manufacture, customers are always intrigued to see how our skilled artisans use these traditional printing methods to create our designs for us. One of the key elements of our business is ‘transparency’ and we couldn’t be prouder to show our customers around our studios and workshops in India; we love nothing more than championing the amazing, traditional techniques our artisans use to bring our bespoke designs to life.
First up is the block itself – after Vickie has worked through the sketching and design process back in the UK, she then collaborates with our wood block carver in India to create the block print itself.
It’s then about working out how that print will be used, looking at pattern and scale, as well as sampling a range of colourways to find the perfect modern hue to bring this traditional printing method up to date.
Once we finalise the design, our team of artisans start hand-block printing the fabric and creating the garments for the collection – from kimonos to kaftans. We only use chemical-free dyes and all our prints are dried gently in the Rajasthani sunshine to ensure our designs are both gentle on the earth, but also on our workers.
This season, the cactus print is available in both a women’s and child’s kaftan (perfect for twinning holiday wardrobes!); light-weight cotton shorts for the beach or bedtime as well as a fab beach sarong that you can use as a shawl, beach cover-up or scarf. All with a bright orange pom-pom trim.
We are super lucky that some of the Dilli Grey Tribe have already taken their cactus print pieces off on hols and the verdict is LOVE. The super soft cotton and lightweight breezy design make them effortless to wear, with a pop of colour and on-trend print for a nod to the current fashion climes.
Here’s @thefashionablepan and her daughter rocking their matching sarongs in Europe this Easter, and another happy client relaxing in our women’s kaftan in balmy Thailand.
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