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.
The long process of pit-loom weaving begins with preparing the warp yarns on a wooden frame. More than Eight thousand locally sourced cotton yarns are manually wrapped around the wooden pegs by Babu’s wife Gauri which takes her up to five days to complete.
The prepared warp yearns are then manually treated with wheat starch to make them stiff and smooth enough to withstand the rigour of weaving, a process known as sizing. The natural starched cotton warps are then stretched on the loom towards the weaver on one side and the other end is tide in a neat bundle.
Carefully selected silk yarns are used as the weft which are filled onto bobbins using a hand charkha to achieve the highest quality lustre and feel.
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.
Based on the design and the dimensions for the print each wooden block is hand carved by our master block maker Maniram and his son Amit.
While the wooden blocks are being carved our master printer Arvind prepares the scarves for the printing process 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 around two hours to prepare the yarns to absorb the natural dyes and minerals used during the printing process. The scarves are then dipped into a Harda paste also know as black myrobalan seed paste. Pale yellow tinted scarves are laid under the Indian sun to dry.
Pomegranate peels, Marigold flowers, Madder roots, jaggery, horseshoe nails, gaur gum, red kasis, natural minerals are some of the sources used to create dyes used for printing Mara Vera scarves.
Our master printer Arvind and his team doing their magic! The wooden blocks are dipped into natural dye paste and carefully put on to the textiles with a thumping sound.
Block printed scarves are unpinned and left to dry under the sun.
After a week long process the scarves are finally ready. They will be taken for a thorough wash once baked under the sun and fully dry.