About'

INTRO

KOMANA creates sustainably made clothing and textiles with eclectic prints. Fascinated with the suggestive power of patterns and prints, we invite you to dreamy journey through shapes and colours. Evoking different cultures and wanderlust, building bridges through lines and patterns. Connecting the artistic with the frivolous / light-hearted.
Carefully selected organic and fairly traded materials caress the women’s individuality and vouches (?) her social conscience.
A respectful treatment of all beings and nature is at the core of KOMANA, run by Swiss sisters Nina & Livia.
Creating pieces that are both aesthetically and ethically inspiring. Clothing with character and a touch of theatricality and humour. They grow to your heart, become your companions - rather then throwaway goods. Products with meaning and personality.
Also, raising the makers behind the products out of anonymity. Putting  a focus on the artisans and makers behind the products. When we draw attention to the work process, the clothes appear in a different light and much more valuable. Therefore swimming against the wasteful fast-fashion stream.

 

OUR PROCESS

KOMANA textiles all come to life through our own custom made, hand illustrated prints. All starts with beautiful paper, a pot of ink and a selection of paintbrushes. To get in a state of flow, tapping into the treasure trove of the subconscious. The patterns start to live and provide the foundation of the collections.
Then it goes from sketch to cloth. The artistic and rudimentary background has to be preserved and to remain perceptible, so the brushstrokes are often recognisable in our design.

We then print our textiles with silkscreens, digital printing as well as artisan made woodblock. Our fair-trade manufacturing takes place in Jaipur, India as well as London, UK.
At the same time we are dedicated to the research of fabrics - we interact with our artisan partners in India who make our wonderful hand-made Khadi fabrics, and examine the qualities and sustainability criteria of new contacts.

BLOCK PRINTING

For centuries beautiful and elaborate patterns have been printed on textiles and paper using the wood block print method. Many artisans have carried this profession in the families for generations and can carry on this tradition in their villages.
The elaborate process start with the block preparations: On a flat chopped surface the patterns is drawn on by hand. After, the negative is being chiselled out using the finest instruments. A process only mastered by a very skilled artisan.
Next, colours are mixed and fabrics tested. Only natural colours and no harmful chemicals are used, securing the health of the worker, the wearer and the environment. All artisans are paid a fair living wage and are fully employed enjoying many employee benefits, see Fair Trade section.
Analog printing process challenges to adopt our ideas to the age-old woodblock printing method, in teamwork with our talented artisans. An interaction, not just an assignment. The labour-intensive process of printing, one stamp after another, is fascinating and really mesmerising. Pictured is print maser Ghanshyam Ji from our artisan partners in India. The traditional process also reflects in our choice of fabric. They are either organic fabrics and often hand-spun and handwoven cloth. The manual work is noticeable and can not be replaced by a machine. In this way we also secure jobs and keep and age-old, sustainable know-how alive.

Screen printing is a more modern way of pattern application on textiles. Our screen printing is done by an environmentally conscious small family-run factory own Slovenia.
Digital printing - our factories are certified by GOTS and therefore only use organic dye and are conscious of water usage.


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FAIR TRADE

We are very thankful to the wonderful people involved in the making of our fabric and clothes.  We only work with suppliers who can guarantee fair labour standards.
Our partners in Jaipur, India lovingly sew and print our Artisan Collections. They are members of the WFTO ( World Fair Trade Organisation) and the Fair Trade federation. All garments are made in-house using sweatshop-free, fair labour standards. Some of the employee benefits are full time employment, staff bonuses every three months, full medical care and paid holiday leave.
We have also been working closely with a small manufacturing unit in London for the past 5 years. They masterly sew our Jersey and Cupro pieces.
These tight relationships are most important to us and we are always looking forward to the amiable chats and cups of teas together on our visits.


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MATERIALS

 

 We work with a variety of beautiful fabrics, most of them made in India (peace silk, organic cotton) and Turkey (Jersey, Cupro)


Organic Cotton has grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilisers and requires less irrigation as it relies mainly on rainwater.

Most of our organic cotton holds the GOTS standard - this requires a minimum of 70% of fibres to be organic and all inputs such as dyestuff and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. It also requires adherence to certain social standards based on the International Labor Organisation, ensuring safe working conditions and prohibiting discrimination and child labor.

Ahimsa Silk, also known as Peace Silk. The term “Ahimsa” comes from Sanskrit and means ‘not to injure’ and ‘compassion’ and refers to a key virtue in Indian religions. In relation to our silk, this is a natural product where no harm was made to the silk worms. The cocoons are left until the silk worm naturally hatches from it’s home and start it’s new life.
We work with a small producer in rural North India who pay their workers fairly, practise organic silk worm farming and offer training opportunities for their employees.

Cupro: a newcomer fabric in the sustainable textile circles.


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