Artisan made

The beauty of Dilli Grey is in the story, the process and the people as much as the end product, something we are passionate about sharing, transparently through our journal.

As a contemporary lifestyle brand we strive to create to the highest quality whilst also celebrating the uniqueness of every beautiful, handmade piece we design. It's a step away from the uniformity of mass-production and a showcase of the beauty that can be captured when we embrace the personality and nuances that are woven into each design by its maker.

Our products are made from carefully sourced, natural fabrics such as organic cotton and linen; skillfully designed and made in small runs. We pride ourselves on considering all the angles, from fit to fabric, to those special touches that elevate a piece to something worth treasuring.

We also strive to sew a little of that 'magic beauty' of India into each design. Whether it's the heritage hand-block prints we reimagine in our sleepwear, the iconic architecture we reference in our colour palettes or the indigeous wood in our hand-carved candle holders - India is at the heart of all that we design and make - it is a constant source of inspiration and beauty to us and we hope to you, too.

Here you can learn all about the different artisan skills we use to create our Dilli Grey designs and the incredible work that does into honouring each heritage craft:

HAND-BLOCK PRINTING

Our signature hand-block printing is done by artisans outside Jaipur. The blocks are carved from wood by hand, then printed using eco inks, by eye - no machinery is used. It is a technique that has changed very little over the centuries and takes years to master. The fabric is then dried in the Rajasthani sunshine before being sent to our tailors to create our beautiful boho dresses.


HAND SCREEN PRINTING

Our hand-screen printing is done by artisans outside Jaipur. Using a traditional frame method the 100% organic cotton is printed using eco inks. The fabric is then dried in the Rajasthani sunshine before being sent to our tailors to be turned into our handmade dresses.

HAND EMBROIDERY

Our Lucknow Collection is hand-embroidered using the centuries old technique of ‘Chikankari’- a style of embroidery traditional to Lucknow – each and every piece is unique, like a snowflake – and created for us by a women’s co-operative based outside the city.

VINTAGE TEXTILES

We work with trusted antiques dealers who specialise in sourced vintage textiles on our behalf throughout India. These textiles would otherwise be lost, or not in use but by reimagining them into modern womenswear we are able to give them another life and reduce the new raw materials that we are drawing on to create our collections.


HAND-BLOCK CARVING

Tariq, our hand-block carver is the son of an award-winning carver and has learnt his trade from the best. Our intricate candle holders  are all designed and carved by Tariq in his family business in Uttar Pradesh.


AYURVEDIC BEAUTY

Soultree is the first Indian brand to offer European certified-natural personal care and beauty products. All their products use authentic Ayurvedic recipes the botanicals used are either organic or harvested without chemical contamination from wild forests. They collect ingredients through NGOs who work with local farmers and communities. Ethical harvesting practices are used to encourage forest regeneration, and to prevent exploitation. They are the only brand in India formally certified, annually, by the reputed European Certification Agency BDIH of Germany as a natural, organic cosmetics corporation. They are 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals.


HAND QUILTING

Our 100% cotton fabric is hand-block printed by a team just outside Jaipur. The wooden block design is carved by hand, taking up to a month to complete, then the colour is added and printed by hand, often layering up to 4 colours to one design. The printing house employs unskilled young men, provides them with accommodation and training to become skilled craftsmen in this heritage Rajasthani textile design. They are then lovingly filled with natural cotton filler and hand quilted by a co-operative of ladies outside Jaipur. A labour of love that we hope shines through in these very special, heirloom quilts.

CASHMERE

We work directly with an artisan weaver in Srinagar, within the Kashmir Valley where cashmere production began in the 13th century. A family run business since 1965, yarn from the rare Changthangi breed of cashmere goat (which makes up less than 0.1% of the world's global cashmere production) is hand-loomed using a traditional technique on a small, sustainable scale rather than mass-machine knitted.