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All About Injiri

All About Injiri

Injiri: a colloquial pronunciation of the world India, and derives its name from the Kalabari word for Real Madras textiles exported to West Africa from South India. 

"Started by textile designer Chinar Farooqui in 2009, Injiri works with hand-loomed textiles for clothing and the home. The label is entirely based on the idea of celebrating the process of hand-woven and handcrafted Indian textiles; the clothes are little stories about the textiles they are made of. The label believes in working within the limitations of the techniques to create beautiful products."

–– Injiri: Aesthetic Movement

"On a piece of paper, Chinar Farooqui illustrates her impressions of recent journeys. The colors, lines, shapes, lighting, and shadows all materialize onto the surface from vivid images in her mind. She then takes her work to the weavers’ houses. Using traditional textiles as references for techniques, she develops textile patterns side by side with skilled weavers on their wooden looms.

For Farooqui’s home and fashion label, Injiri, everything begins with textile design. Instead of searching for fabrics on the market, Farooqui always makes her own fabrics from scratch. Patterns and styles first take shape on the traditional hand looms, and from there, she cuts her textiles into garments and home goods."

–– Minzuu

These gorgeous Injiri fabrics are made entirely by hand – from weaving and dyeing to the last trims and finishes; it passes through the hands of craftspeople from various parts of India utilizing traditional skills and techniques that differ from region to region. There may be slight irregularities in the fabrics due to the weaving and dyeing process. 

We, at Mae Woven, fell in love with the beauty and thoughtful patterns of these gorgeous fabrics. We are beyond excited to share them with you! 

All information via: Injiri – Aesthetic Movement & Minzuu

Ashley X Mae Woven

Ashley X Mae Woven

For the month of April, we have chosen to highlight the amazing Ashley Petrone. Ashley and her family recently purchased a home (after living in a trailer for years) in Northern California. She has an eye for design and is always capturing the most beautiful scenes that she has created within her home. We are completely in awe of the hardworking & talented woman she is! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself...  

I'm a California girl all the way through. So much so, my mom and grandma still mow their lawns in a swimsuit... it's just in us! I got married at the sweet, young age of 20, after only dating my husband for 3 weeks. Now, 13 years and 3 kids later, we are happily experiencing all the joys of life together. About 2 years ago, we decided to shake up our comfy little lives and sell everything and move into an RV on our land. It was a wild ride and life changing journey. It grew us as a family and really changed me individually. I'm so thankful for that time in our lives and how it taught us to truly find joy in every in between. I love food, like love it. I am a social eater and the greatest gift you could give me would to just share a meal with me.

Black Bolga Basket & Yalda Cactus Silk & Hom Thailand Pillow  

When did you discover that design was one of your passions? 

I grew up with a mom that was always doing everything herself in the house. Sewing, yard work, cleaning, everything. So I have always been tinkering and shifting myself. At a young age you would find me late at night rearranging my room. I don't think it was until the last 4 years that I really found my confidence to just go for it and be bold in my design! 

Black Bolga Basket & Yalda Cactus Silk & Hom Thailand Pillow

Where would your dream vacation be and why?

I would love to go to New Zealand. I love everything about the culture, design, weather, and of course the accents!

Black Bolga Basket & Yalda Cactus Silk & Hom Thailand Pillow

Would you consider yourself an early bird or a night owl?  

I feel like it changes depending on the season of life. But I'd say an early bird. I definitely wake up early for a good sale! 

Black Bolga Basket & Yalda Cactus Silk & Hom Thailand Pillow

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their life?

Live in a trailer, haha! Seriously though, it was life changing. If not that, then something so outrageous that it stretches you. I think just selling everything is so life giving. It's not easy and fun all the time but it's a gift to just live so simply.
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