ARTISANAL FASHION | YOGA LIFESTYLE
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NAGNATA is a part of the new generation of designers who think beyond glamour and profit to our social responsibility as a brand and the impact we can make.
Through sustainably focused contemporary fashion lines and artisan initiatives, NAGNATA aims to redefine value and challenge the rampant consumerism engendered by fast fashion.
NAGNATA approach each collection with thoughtful negotiations between sustainable manufacturing and premium directional design. Methods of sustainably minded design applied by the designers include using certified organic yarns with minimal material wastage, upcycling textiles, natural dyes and ethical manufacturing and fair trade projects.
NAGNATA recognise that sustainable practices surrounding design and business is a complex world of interconnected challenges; but the brand is committed to making environmentally conscious choices and driving innovation in the industry.
NAGNATA’S ready-to-wear collections work on transeasonal MOVEMENTS rather than strict seasonal fashion timelines. This is to ensure the brand doesn’t overproduce and grows within the capacity of the business.
The bespoke artisanal ranges are produced only when new stock is needed and are made using upcycled textiles sourced at the time of travel or from available materials within the artisan communities.
NAGNATA offers all women a better choice over the sustainability attributes of her wardrobe and the power of her purchasing to make authentic change.
NAGNATA work with certified organic cotton as conventionally grown cotton crops are treated with synthetic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
These toxic chemicals cause illness, cancer and in some cases death to farmers and harmful side effects to factory workers and the end consumers who inhale chemical residue trapped in the threads. The chemical runoff from conventional cotton farming also seeps into nearby waterways killing wildlife and polluting the water.
As if this isn't bad enough - certain pharmaceutical companies who supply the chemicals for the crops also develop the drugs needed to treat the illnesses of the farmers affected. In poorer countries like India, farmers have fallen so in debt to pharmaceutical companies that committing suicide was the only foreseeable way out.
NAGNATA's launch collection of movement knitwear is made from certified organic cotton and the garments are constructed as fully-fashioned knitwear pieces, to eliminate yarn wastage from the production process.
This premium knitwear construction is less wasteful than common cut-and-sew methods of make, where pattern shapes are cut into fabric and the scraps of material thrown away.
Environmental and ethical reasons aside, NAGNATA use organic cotton because it’s a soft, natural and breathable fibre against your skin and absorbs the sweat and toxins released from your body during practice.
The fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter, following closely behind the big oil companies. The environmental pollutants from manufacturing and the amount of discarded clothes and textiles that end up as landfill each year make for one dirty and incredibly wasteful industry.
NAGNATA encourage a culture of conscious consumerism by designing premium products that offer versatility, longevity and sustainably focused design. The brand aims to integrate these values through all aspects of the business from product to packaging.
NAGNATA purchases made online come packaged in a resusable organic cotton tote bag dyed using AZO free dyes. Any promotional materials are printed on recycled paper with non toxic vegetable dyes where possible. All packaging and printed materials are reusable and recyclable.
NAGNATA launched an upcycled textile program in 2014 reworking antique tribal materials into bespoke artisanal fashion and accessory collections.
NAGNATA work with fair trade artisan initiatives in an effort to spread cultural awareness and cultivate livelihood opportunities for communities in need.
Travel informs the direction of each artisanal collection as the culture, craft, available materials and skill of the maker become an intrinsic part of the creative process.
NAGNATA work with a family run artisan collective located in The Pink City, Jaipur in India. NAGNATA worked closely with the artisans to build the textile upcycling program and trained them to develop the brands signature artisanal yoga mat bags and bespoke fashion collections.
Through the recycling of age old textiles the brand aspires to give new life to traditional materials and celebrate the beauty and culture surrounding indigenous art and tradition. NAGNATA supports the slow fashion movement and creates pieces that transcend trends and generations.
NAGNATA collaborated with Women Weave in Madhya Pradesh, India, to support the role of women working in traditional handloom weaving and worked in the classroom with children of The Handloom School. The designers also volunteered with Avani, a sustainable community nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas to learn the ancient art of Indigo vat dye and be involved in their innovative environmental conservation program.
NAGNATA’S collaboration with artisan initiatives signifies the brands efforts towards women’s empowerment, poverty alleviation and ethically minded entrepreneurialism.
The foundations of the brand embody movement and mind practices integrated from eastern and western culture. The name NAGNATA is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘nagnatA’, which translates as nakedness.
The concept of nakedness alludes to raw, exposed and in ones natural state; this relates to the practice of yoga as a pathway intended to reveal one’s internal resistance and return to a more natural and authentic state of being.
The name NAGNATA draws upon the foundations of Tantric yoga, the teachings of which embrace all aspects of life and the weaving together all threads of our being into one harmonious whole.
The concept for NAGNATA was formed while brand director Laura May was travelling through Mexico and Guatemala studying yoga, tantra, metaphysics and meditation.
The Sanskrit word ‘tantra’ translates variously as loom, fibre, textile, warp, technique and teachings, all words associated with the traditional practice of weaving and relates to the brands artisanal collections.
NAGNATA’s mandala logo was designed as a graphic embodiment of interconnectedness and the brand’s mission to work collectively with communities throughout the world towards a better future.