It’s fashion revolution week, time to ask #WhoMadeMyClothes and demand transparency in the fashion industry. If you ever wonder who are the people behind KINSFOLK, here are a few of them.
"Our goal is to celebrate enduring design that inspires for a lifetime. Our principles are to manufacture ethically, and ensure that artisans earn a sustainable living."
The KINSFOLK silk scarves have been designed and created in a beautiful workshop located in a quiet backyard of a busy town in the south of Sri Lanka. Between pots and pans filled with hot wax, bathtubs, and containers serving as dye baths, works a strong team of women who have dedicated their lives to the art of batik for over 25 years.
Sri Lankan batik has a very old history on the island. KINSFOLK is devoted to preserving the craft of handmade textiles in Sri Lanka by combining traditional batik methods with a modern aesthetic. All the artwork is drawn with hot wax on pure, untreated silk. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are used.
Each piece of KINSFOLK jewelry is handmade in Sri Lanka – our second home. The highest level of craftsmanship is utilised in every stage of the manufacturing process. All pieces consist of precious metals and gemstones, and are meticulously assembled by hand.