Limited edition Indian artistry will appear at ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO from Friday, May 25th.
2018∙05∙18 | HaaT
Khadi Indian Craftsmanship - Homage to Martand Singh -
Khadi is a symbolic form of weaving for Indian people. Cotton is hand-spun from its plant form, one thread at a time, using a spinning wheel called a charkha, before being carefully woven by hand into luxurious cotton thread where you can feel the warmth of the craftsmen's hands.
It has been dubbed “the fabric of freedom” by Martand Singh (1947-2017), a renowned advocate of a wide range of Indian cultural revival including Indian textiles, for the significance it holds regarding India's independence, employment, life and death, and creativity.
ISSEY MIYAKE has featured Khadi weaving in its creations since the 1980s, making clothes that one might call a conversation with Indian culture. This conversation continues today through the brand HaaT, which was born as a result of such textiles.
A special exhibition is being held in the KURA gallery of ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO, a communication space that connects the people and cultures of the East and West, particularly those of Kyoto. The story of Khadi and the ideas behind it are told through the exhibits and a video interview with Martand Singh.
The main house features the actual Khadi range, with light-as-air garments that are comfortable even in the height of summer, along with archived series including garments with traditional shapes and luxurious printed items.