At MarketPlace, we try to make the most of everything we have. This is extremely evident in our upcycling of the fabric scraps from our products.
The various scraps come in different shapes and sizes, depending on whether we’re cutting pant legs or arm lengths. These scraps are what we call Chindis.
Looking through the catalog, you can see the wide range of colors in our collection. Some of the fabrics feature light backgrounds and bright prints, while others have dark characteristics. Combining these Chindis, with their different colors and sizes, is a challenge that takes immense creativity and a lot of organization.
It’s through this creativity that brings an extra level of purpose to the Chindis process. Utilizing scraps does reduce waste, of course, buy the learning opportunities help new artisans practice their skills.
Some artisans have never sat at a sewing machine, while other may have never used an industrial machine. This process allows the artisans to be comfortable starting and stopping the machine, sewing in a straight line, and just feeling comfortable in their skills.
Overdyeing the Chindis after they have been stitched together has made the production of clothing pieces and accessories less complicated.
Artisans then thought of a unique idea of tying the Chindis at the connection points and dying the bunch. This prevents the dye from reaching the tie points and exposes the original color of the Chindis. The overdye is dark to highlight the original colors in a dramatic fashion. Adding this step not only generates excitement and style in the piece, but also creates additional employment opportunities for the artisans.
Every Chindis piece is the result of innovative problem solving, hard work, and a commitment to reduce waste. Take a look at the finished products here: http://www.marketplaceindia.com/category/Chindi