Ekome Studio has worked with craftsman Muthukumar and his son Karthik whom we have known for more than 10 years. His workshop is situated in South India, where he has been practicing the art of Batik since very young. This art he has inherited from his father and now he has taught to his sons.
We have used block-printing for this collection, where the block has been done with wood by Mr. Muthukumar and his son. Both very skillful in the process.
Mr. Muthukumar is not as strong and healthy as before so his son does most of the work, however is still very committed.
Amma is the popular word for Mother here in Tamil Nadu. That is how we address to women in general whether we know them or not, whether they are our mothers or not.
Mano has been working at The Colours of Nature for 5 years now. And she does all kinds of works. From trimming to packing. She is quite and minds her own business, usually unnoticed by other clients that go to the workshop. However, she has recently become the Iron Woman. Slower than the previous Iron Man, but equally dedicated and attentive.
Among her many chores she was part of the team that helped create our Shibori Square Shirts.
Saravanan has been studying this craft for 14 years now. Started at a young age with Mr. Mohan from Knit Win International and learned everything from Knit Win’s experienced Master Dhandapani.
Despite his 29 years he is one of the few highly committed tailor in Tiruppur. Always available to work and with excellent skills he can earn up to 1000 rupees a day. That can be a monthly income of 26.000 rupees (375$). It might not seem much to western eyes, but is indeed higher than the established livable wage of 16.000 rupees per month.
Selvam has been working at The Colours of Nature for the ridiculous amount of 15 years. Almost nothing! Not only he has learned the craft of dyeing in natural dyes, but he is also the Batik artist of the company for whenever there are samples to be made with a brush or other tools and helps with ironing garments with the heavy coal iron.
Married with 2 kids he has maintained loyal to this craft. He doesn’t talk much but listens to everything, ready to have a laugh, even when you think he doesn’t understand you.
We found Master Kasinathan through a friend he was working for and we are delighted with his capacity to understand what we want from each pattern. He is certainly not the best tailor in the world, but really good at creating patterns.
Known for his fight for justice eating a union for tailors, companies around don’t even want to hear about him. But we like to work with someone that fights for the rights of his fellow workers.