Our Haveli range was handcrafted from the ground up. Each thread was spun by hand, and woven by hand, by the ladies of KKM, a lepers colony in Rajpur, Dehradun. “Haveli” means “partition, or private space” and it was popularised by the Mughal Empire and became a word used to describe a mansion or abode. Haveli’s are dotted all over India, some have become rubble and ruin, and some have maintained their exquisite beauty, transporting one back to ancient times. When we made this collection it spoke to us of this kind of ancient beauty, it reminded us of Queens of old, sitting in a special place in their palace, a sacred space, just for them. Our Haveli bags are just that, a space of your own, for all your special things.
There is nothing that accurately describes the beauty of something made with such skilled hands. If we could describe to you the sound of the looms click clacking, and the hum of ladies laughing as they worked and if you saw the dignity with which the carry about their craft, they may as well be royalty. Knowing the love that went into each item of this collection would make you want to hug these bags closely to your chest.
So, these are not just bags, they are acts of love, acts of sheer innate creativity. It was our honor to work together with these beautiful artisans, and to produce something of extremely high quality that does justice to their work.
Haveli Indigo Collection now available, with all naturally dyed Indigo Haveli bags. You'll notice the Indigo collection is slightly more expensive and this is due to the additional process of natural dying the fabric with our partners Color Ashram.