the fabric of temple: chanderi
The fabric of Temple: Chanderi
The second season of our ‘Temple waste flower scarfs’ line is here. The collection name ‘Temple—translates to ‘clean pure abode’ in Hindi, and is a capsule bathed in ivory. We’ve toyed with steam flower natural dyeing, but the star of the collection, without a doubt, is the fabric. In this series on the ‘Fabrics of Chanderi’, we’re shining a light on the very canvas of our creation, a work of art in itself.
What’s so special about fabric chanderi?
Chanderi is produced by weaving silk into the traditional cotton yarn. The fabric we used for Temple scarfs is 60 gram fine chanderi, which is prepared with 60% silk and 40% cotton. We’re big fans of its sheen and sheerness, so it’s no surprise that we’ve worked with this fabric collection after collection. “I love its fall and the way it drapes. It is subtle, and yet very structured,” the collection’s designer, Saurabh Mahajan, said.
Where does Nimboo’s chanderi come from?
It travels all the way from Chanderi village in Madhya Pradesh to our studio in Mumbai, which is where each piece of the collection is painstakingly made and naturally dyed.
How has chanderi been used in Temple flower scarfs?
Chanderi is very Indian in its appeal, but for ‘Temple’ we’ve played with plenty of western contemporary textures. You’ll find all scarfs kitted out in this silken fabric. You’ll also notice little pops of rose/indigo/madder/hibiscus and also the stitch which adds a feminine accent to these dreamy, voluminous scarfs.
When, and equally important, where are you likely to wear it?
It’s a fabric that is most suitable at a evening formal soirée, and we can see this line at all sorts of beautiful, beachside weddings. But Saurabh says, “whenever and wherever you feel like it.”
How do you care for the fabric?
Chanderi is special—it’s meant for special occasions and needs special care to keep it lustrous. In order to protect its innate gloss, it’s advisable to dry clean the fabric and not expose it to direct sunlight while drying.