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Behind the Scenes

Sultan and Santosh - Screen Department

Kitchen sets – Made using Screen printed fabrics in our workshop

We would like you to meet our Screen print department Master Sultan and Artist Santosh.

Our Screen Master Sultan has been working with us since 1981 with humble beginnings from a small township called Unnao in North India, Sultan journeyed to the bright lights of New Delhi and joined us. In his 30 year association with us, he has risen from being an apprentice to the master screen maker to becoming a master craftsman himself. He has probably exposed screens for over 2000 designs while he has been working with us and has a really unbelievable memory of each design that goes through his hands.

Our Artist Santosh has a degree in Fine Arts and a great flair for color and design. He transforms our designs to artworks ready for screen printing. His artistic background and great technical skill enables us to put our ideas into practical use. He started drawing all his designs by hand, but we have sent him to computer classes and he is now adept at creating designs by hand or on the computer as the occasion demands.

Our screen department has been producing prints for generations that we pride ourselves on.


Mr. Vafati Khan and Mr. Kmalu Khan - Quilting Department

In this article we would like to introduce our quilting artisans. We have worked with this family for three generations – Late Mr. Munshi Khan, Late Mr. Ismile Khan and now his two sons Mr. Vafati Khan and Mr. Kmalu Khan.  

The family originally comes from Rajasthan, a state from the western part of India . Here they had learnt this skill as a customary art practiced within the family rather than a professional skill. Traditionally in rajasthan, this form was developed to preserve old fabric and create new products with them. The quilt from this part of the country is called a Ralli - made from white material, the top layer of which comprises new fabric. The lower folds that cannot be seen are made with old garments. Vibrant colours are used for the ground fabric. The inspiration for this craft comes from the standards of economy and cautiousness, taken up by the people of Rajasthan. Here, every available bit of fabric is used and recycled to create objects that are, at the same time, appealing and functional. 

This craft mainly uses two techniques; the first is patchwork, where geometric pieces are joined together with a running stitch. A plain fabric then supports the patchwork and it is quilted in straight lines with a simple running stitch. Articles such as floor spreads and camel trappings are made with this method. In the second technique, pieces of fabric are shaped in geometric, floral or animal forms. They are cut, hemmed and appliquéd to large pieces of brightly coloured fabric that are often into contrast. The patchwork and quilting technique is used in the fabrication of articles like the chandani or canopy.

The Khan family, through their rich cultural heritage and experience, has added endless value, creativity and knowledge to our designs.

Sultan and Santosh - Screen Print Department, Raza Ali - Color Master, Ravinder Singh - Pattern Master and Krishan Kumar Dubey - Cutting Master.

Maya Kimonos made using screen printed fabrics in our workshop

The intricate designs that are seen on the Kimonos are the handiwork of our screen printing department consisting of master screen maker Sultan and Artist Santosh who are instrumental in giving form to the elaborate designs for printing through their meticulously created screens.

Our Screen Master Sultan has been working with us since 1981 with humble beginnings from a small township called Unnao in North India, Sultan journeyed to the bright lights of New Delhi and joined us. In his 30 year association with us, he has risen from being an apprentice to the master screen maker to becoming a master craftsman himself. He has probably exposed screens for over 2000 designs while he has been working with us and has a really unbelievable memory of each design that goes through his hands.

Our Artist Santosh has a degree in Fine Arts and a great flair for color and design. He transforms our designs to artworks ready for screen printing. His artistic background and great technical skill enables us to put our ideas into practical use. He started drawing all his designs by hand, but through a systematic skill up-gradation he is now adept at creating designs by hand or on the computer as the occasion demands.

Our screen department has been producing prints for generations that we pride ourselves on.

The vibrant colors are the handiwork of Raza Ali, our color master who has been with us for over 15 years and has infused life into all our screen prints through his mastery in this art of color mixing

The printed fabric is then given the final shape by our pattern Master Ravinder Singh and cut precisely as per the pattern by our cutting master Krishan Kumar Dubey before being handed over to the able team of tailors to bring it to completion.

Raza Ali - Printing Department

Nora Quilts– Made using cotton filling and our exclusive cotton prints arranged in patchwork designs which are dyed and screen printed in house by our craftsmen

The intricate designs are brought to life at the hands of Raza Ali, our color master who has been with us for over 15 years. Ably assisted by Lal Bahadur and Razzaq, he has mastered the art of creating vibrant colors that brighten up the most humdrum of surroundings.

Hailing from the state of Uttar Pradesh in Central India, Raza Ali has worked his way up through the department which he now heads as color master. The delicate screen designs created by our screen printing department master Sultan and Artist Santosh are resurrected in vibrant hues by his skilled hands.

These prints are then arranged in a scintillating web of patchwork that has received wide appreciation from buyers across the globe.

The natural cotton fill provides a level of comfort and coziness unmatched by synthetic materials.

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