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Soham Dave Spring Summer 2011

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Soham Dave is an eco-friendly lifestyle brand in New York City, fusing the old and the new, classic and contemporary, and ancient organic and urban lifestyles.

Soham Dave is an eco-friendly lifestyle brand in New York City, fusing the old and the new, classic and contemporary, and ancient organic and urban lifestyles.


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  • 1. Soham Dave Peacock Halter All-silk halter-neck dress with balloon hem. The skirt is Ari-embroidered with peacock designs. Ari embroidery is one of the premier handicrafts of Gujarat, India. The embroidery yarn is natural indigo-dyed cotton thread. Fully lined with 100% cotton. 100% Silk - Hand-embroidered - Ari - 100% Cotton Natural Indigo Dyes lining - Eco Trims
  • 2. Soham Dave Ajrak Silk Long 100% silk long halter evening dress. Ajrak-printed in intense jewel-like designs. Elegant and soft drapes. Fully lined with 100% natural indigo-dyed cotton. All trims are natural indigo-dyed silk. Ajrak printing is done by hand with hand-carved wooden blocks and all natural dyes. Ajrak - Natural Indigo Dyes - Hand-block Printed - 100% Silk - 100% Cotton Natural Indigo Lining
  • 3. Soham Dave Indigo Bandhani A very intricate Bandhani art applied on 100% silk fabric. Bandhani hand-tied design and dyed with natural dyes. It slowly gets its natural shape over time. It stretches and fits perfectly every time you wear it. The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric that is tightly hand-tied with a thread at several points. A meter-long cloth can have millions of tiny knots, which takes around 10 days for an artisan to tie for this tunic. Bandhani - Hand-embroidered - Natural Dyes - 100% Silk
  • 4. Soham Dave Street Line Indigo This geometric dress is a fusion of stripes. The length and fit are adjustable with straps. It is all-cotton, hand-block printed in Ajrak with all- natural indigo dyes. Ajrak - Natural Indigo Dyes - Hand-block Printed - 100% Cotton
  • 5. Soham Dave Asymmetric Indigo This geometric asymmetric dress is all-cotton, printed in Ajrak hand blocks with all-natural indigo. Ajrak - Natural Indigo Dyes - Hand-block Printed - 100% Cotton
  • 6. Soham Dave Khadi Waves This dress is a unique blend of an Indian fabric called “Khadi” and traditional Indian hand embroidery called “Ari.” Khadi is 100% natural Indian hand-spun and handwoven cloth. It is a versatile fabric, cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Mahatma Gandhi promoted the production of Khadi for rural self- employment and self-reliance. The top is hand- embroidered with metallic and natural indigo-dyed thread. The trims are 100% silk, natural indigo-dyed. Khadi - Hand-spun - Handwoven - Hand-embroidered - 100% Cotton - 100% Silk Natural Indigo Trims
  • 7. Soham Dave Enchanted Indigo This 100% cotton handwoven dress is fully hand- embroidered with all-natural indigo-dyed cotton and metallic threads. The embroidery is called “Ari.” Ari is one of the most ornate and tedious forms of Indian embroidery; it uses a small crochet-hook-like instrument called the “ari” to create a chain-stitch look. It takes more than a week for an artisan to embroider this dress. Hand-embroidered - 100% Hand Loom Cotton - Natural Indigo Trims
  • 8. Soham Dave Pitta Khadi Cowl-neck hand-embroidered dress in 100% cotton hand- spun and handwoven Khadi fabric. Fully lined with cotton lining. It is fully hand-embroidered using the Pitta technique, which includes hammering down the embroidery design after it is completed. As a result, the embroidery gets a flat look. Khadi - Hand-spun - Handwoven - Hand-embroidered - 100% Cotton - 100% Cotton Lining
  • 9. Soham Dave Indigo & Beige Bandhani A very intricate Bandhani art applied on 100% silk fabric. Bandhani hand-tied design and dyed with natural dyes. It slowly gets its natural shape over time. It stretches and fits perfectly every time you wear it. The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric that is tightly hand-tied with a thread at several points. A meter-long cloth can have millions of tiny knots, which takes around 10 days for an artisan to tie for this tunic. Bandhani - Hand-embroidered - Natural Dyes - 100% Silk
  • 10. Soham Dave Handmade Bag Artisan-made handbag is fully hand-quilted with raw embroidery thread and reclaimed leather trims. Reclaimed Greige washed muslin fabric combined with mashru silk in the shell. Mashru is woven with a combination of silk and cotton, the cotton being the lower layer in touch with the skin. This unusual blend of fabrics and hand quilting create a unique texture on the bag’s surface. The lining is hand-block printed in 100% cotton. Hand Quilted – Reclaimed Leather – Natural Dyes – Hand Block Printed Lining
  • 11. Soham Dave One-of-a-kind signature bag The shell is handmade by a unique hand- block printing technique. The lining is hand-block printed in 100% cotton. The straps, bottom and pocket trims are all reclaimed leather refined by artisans. One-of-a-kind – Handmade – Reclaimed Leather – Hand Block Printed
  • 12. Soham Dave Artisan-made all-cotton bag The shell is natural indigo-dyed. This bag is fully hand-quilted with natural indigo-dyed thread. The lining is 100% cotton Ajrak hand-block printed with natural indigo dyes. The straps, the bottom, and the inside pocket trims are all reclaimed leather refined by artisans. Hand Quilted – Reclaimed Leather – Natural Indigo Dyes – Hand Block Printed Lining – 100% Cotton
  • 13. Soham Dave Handmade – Reclaimed Leather – Natural Dyes
  • 14. Soham Dave Handmade – Reclaimed Leather – Natural Dyes
  • 15. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Indigo Dyes – Natural Trims
  • 16. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Indigo Dyes
  • 17. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes
  • 18. Soham Dave Handmade – Reclaimed Leather
  • 19. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes – Recycled
  • 20. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes – Recycled
  • 21. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes – Recycled
  • 22. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes – Recycled
  • 23. Soham Dave Handmade – Natural Dyes – Recycled
  • 24. Soham Dave Handmade – Beaded
  • 25. Ajrak Ajrak is a unique form of hand-block printing. In the authentic Ajrak technique, textiles are hand-printed on both sides using hand-carved wooden blocks through a process called resist printing. The printed fabric is dipped in a natural indigo vat to dye unresisted areas, and a thorough boiling and washing removes the excess indigo and degums the fabric.
  • 26. Ari Embroidery Ari is one of the most ornate and tedious forms of Indian embroidery. A small crochet- hook-like instrument called “ari” is used to craft chain stitches, which give the pattern a three-dimensional feel. The embroidery is very intricate and is hand-stitched by artisans. This detailed process takes at least several days.
  • 27. Bandhani This process requires extensive skill and patience. It involves tightly hand-tying a fabric at several points with a thread and then dyeing it. A meter-long cloth can have millions of tiny knots, known as “bheendi” in the local language. Once dry after dyeing, the dress is then pulled by artisans, and the thread is unraveled to reveal a design. Soham Dave offers traditional patterns as well as its own unique design, and only uses natural dyes.
  • 28. Hand-block Printing Our hand-printed design is all made by hand-block stamping. Skilled artisans use wooden blocks uniquely carved with Soham Dave prints to transfer the patterns to the fabric. The blocks are dipped in dye and pressed onto the fabric. Fabric is processed and prepared for printing with an all-traditional washing and desizing process.
  • 29. Making of Soham Dave Spring/Summer 2011
  • 30. Making of Soham Dave Spring/Summer 2011