MADE BY OUR HANDS
WE VALUE THE PEOPLE & WORK THAT GOES INTO QUALITY & SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING
GIFT FROM NATURE
At MANI, we harness the hues of local plants to create our botanical dyes. The vibrant orange from achiote tree seeds, traditionally used to dye monks' robes across Asia and India, is a prime example. Beyond seeds, we employ every bit of nature - fruit skins, tree bark, leaves, and branches to curate our diverse colour palette. Here, we transform nature's bounty into extraordinary colours, ensuring nothing is wasted.
We coax dyes from seeds, roots, bark and other plant parts after soaking them for hours or even days. Threads then absorb the colors once submerged in this natural concoction. We use natural enhancers like leaf ash and avoid chemicals completely. This commitment allows us to return the dyeing water to the fields, underscoring our dedication to eco-conscious practices.
Once dyed, the threads commence detailed and painstaking steps before they're arranged on the loom. This labor-intensive, time-consuming process demands the exceptional skill and experience of our artisans, showcasing the depth of craftsmanship woven into every fiber of our product.
While many villages are steeped in traditional crafts, the modern tide often pulls them away. With admiration and respect, we collaborate with these village artisans, celebrating their commitment to preserving ancient wisdom and enriching our garments with their timeless skills.