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Mara Vera was founded with a desire to bring modern design with sustainability into our daily lives. Social responsibility and environmental sustainability are at the heart of what we do. We collaborate with master artisans in Gujarat and Rajasthan and work with locally sourced materials to deliver high quality, hand made textiles.
We measure our success in the number of artisans we are able to support.

We invest 5% of proceeds from every sale in the development of the local artisan communities.

All Mara Vera textiles are hand woven on pit-looms and hand block printed with natural and azo free dyes. We hope you enjoy wearing our textiles as much as we enjoyed making them.

WEAVING PROCESS

The long process of weaving begins with preparing the warp yarns on a wooden frame. Eight thousand cotton yarns are manually wrapped around the wooden pegs by Babu’s wife Sudha which takes up to four days to complete.

 

The prepared warps are treated with wheat starch to make them stiff and smooth enough to withstand the rigour of weaving, a process known as sizing. The starched cotton warps are then stretched on the loom towards the weaver and the other end is tide in a neat bundle.

 

Carefully selected silk yarns are used to create the warp to achieve the highest quality luster and feel.

 

The weft yarn is wound onto small bobbins by hand. This process is know as weft-winding or reeling.

 

Both cotton and silk yarns are carefully woven together by our master weaver Babu to create our signature cotton silk scarf.

 

Each Mara Vera scarf takes up to three to four days to weave.

BLOCK PRINTING PROCESS

All wooden blocks are hand carved and chiseled with the help the of small metal tools. Each scarf design requires one of more blocks to complete one design.

 

While the wooden blocks are being carved our master printer prepares the scarves by rolling them into small tubelike bundles to be soaked in hot water. This process helps to remove the access wheat starch used during warping.

 

The scarves are soaked in hot water for over two hours to prepare the yarns to absorb the natural dyes and minerals used during the printing process.

The scarves are then dipped into Harda paste also know as black myrobalan seed paste. The now yellow tinted scarves are laid under the Indian sun to dry for an hour.

 

Pomegranate peels, madder roots, jaggery, horseshoe nails, gaur gum, red kasis, natural minerals are some of the sources to create natural dyes used for printing Mara Vera scarves

 

Our master printer and his team doing their magic! The wooden blocks are dipped into natural dye pastes and carefully put on to the textiles with a thumping sound.

 

Once ready the scarves are unpinned and left to dry under the sunlight.

 

After a week long process the scarves are finally ready. They will be taken for a thorough wash once dry.