Manimekala’s designs are all made in natural fabrics: GOTS-certified organic cottons, complemented by vibrant silks, digitally printed with certified Azo-free dyes, leading to minimal water waste. Accessories are made with leftover materials from both current and previous seasons, forming part of Manimekala’s ongoing Zero Waste range, which is committed to re-using offcuts to create unique, sustainable pieces.
This collection was made in collaboration with Saheli Women, a women’s social enterprise in rural Rajasthan, north India. Located in the village of Bhikamkor, Saheli Women employs 28 women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance and a safe work environment free from discrimination. Additionally, Saheli’s parent charity, the Institute for Philanthropic and Humanitarian Development, sponsors the educations of the womens’ daughters, runs a female health clinic, and educates the community about human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene, health, and financial literacy.
Manimekala is proud to work with Saheli and to build women’s empowerment into the core of our brand. We want to do more than make beautiful clothes; we want to change lives.
Maybe, when you grow up, you want to be a child again.
The fantasy of running away with your best friend, to live outside of society’s constraints and eat candyfloss for dinner. Set up your nomadic camp: a canvas tent in the meadows and bunting fluttering against the mountains. Enchanted thermal waters flowing by, the river’s path uninterrupted for centuries. The earth traces a map from your wandering footsteps; swirling waters etch into the rocks. Secret smoke signals waft across the breeze, for your eyes only.
Hand drawings are vividly translated into embroideries by women’s circles, who sit stitching their emotions into enchanted adornments. Repetitive maze patterns are an unorthodox cub scout’s interpretation of camouflage. Naïve, childlike scenes of faraway castles are rendered in delicate aari needlework. Patchwork designs collate memories that are re-imagined in languid silhouettes. Saturated marbling prints echo the playful babbling streams of your peaceful campground.
You lean out of the window and look down at your own little kingdom, your camp Nostalgia.