With vibrant designs filled with a multitude of bohemian and Indian inspired patterns and prints, Paul Ropp’s fabrics are created in all corners of India, from Northern villages in Varanasi to Western villages in Bengal to Tamil Nadu in the South - to name just a few.The production of these fabrics not only provide direct, or indirect, employment to thousands of people in rural villages, but it also aids in the preservation of traditional techniques of intricate hand-loom weaving and embroidery. The techniques we insist upon bring the human touch, and human flaw, into each garment. Fabrics can rarely ever be identical as a hand cannot achieve the same exactness as a machine. But we do not see this as a flaw, we see it as perfected beauty. The skill, the weaver, the person speaks through every piece of art.
Silks and chiffons are skillfully woven to achieve enthralling delicacy, while all cotton is hand spun on looms. Fabrics are then hand dyed using only natural compounds for a superb depth and colour, unattainable from synthetic compounds. Some of these fabrics are then intricately embroidered with the finest stitching to create unrepeatable, purely captivating results. Not only does this approach promote and preserve the ancient crafts, but also stimulates prosperity and happiness of the villages and its people, who take great pride in their craftsmanship.
The vibrant fabrics - including loomed cotton, delicate silk, and textured chiffon - pulse with vital energy, emphasising the exquisite attention to detail given to each hand-woven piece. The amount of time, energy, and pride that has gone into producing these fabrics means our garments last a lifetime, not a season.
The PR brand insists on utilising these hand weavers in order to preserve a dying cultural tradition that has been passed down through generations. The skills of these hand loomers takes a lifetime to perfect, and the youngsters simply are becoming less and less interested. Before long, these fabrics will no longer be created as the generations age. They will become museum pieces of the future, along with the PR garments that fossilised them.