Stara Robe in Modular Black
BRAND PARTNER: NOST
One of our favourites – this bold, modern Modular print was inspired by the sharp facets of a metabolist building in Singapore. The monochromatic motif is imprinted on organic cotton, and block-printed by hand using completely natural dyes. Which means it’s gentle and safe for the makers’ skin and also yours! Accented by a mustard yellow lapel, this Stara Robe in Modular Black can be styled over a black top and pants for a day out in the city, or over swimwear for your resort lounge afternoon.
The specks and grains give depth to this piece – a natural outcome of the Kalamkari block printing technique, a traditional and fading craft practised by a skilled artisan family from their village home. This time-consuming technique involves twenty three steps including boiling, washing, and printing using various natural ingredients. The colours are a result of natural chemical reactions – black, for instance, comes from iron boiled with pomegranate. Cotton for this mustard lapel is also hand-loomed, which gives its distinctive weave texture. Comes with two pockets and a detachable waist belt.
Fabrics & dyes NOST chooses raw fabrics that are produced and sourced sustainably, to reduce environmental impact in the farming and washing processes. They favour 100% organic cotton, handloom cotton, and deadstock fabric. The dyes used in their block-printing processes are either completely natural, made from plant bark, fruits, roots and iron crystals, or eco-friendly azo-free dyes which allow a wider variety of hues.
Production NOST designs each piece to be seasonless, refining the cut and details so they can be comfortably worn again and again.
NOST chooses to work with heritage craft artisan families and vulnerable communities in their making process, seeking to present their skills and talents to the world. They visit their makers a few times a year, partnering them to create beautiful, sustainable fabrics. This is done with 3 aims in mind:
1. Preserving craft heritage
2. Growing their Sewing For Impact (SFI) Community
3. Providing Safe & Fair Employment