The 'Chota Alu' Kimono
Beyond fair wages, 10% of our profits are re-invested in positively impacting the livelihoods of artisans that made your product.
Blending the best of traditional and contemporary, our Japanese inspired Kaftan robes are hand crafted in soft, luxe and finest Eri Peace silk. These robes are timeless, with a fluid silhouette and are perfect for lounging or a Sunday brunch by the poolside. These can be easily donned as coats or an overdress, with a basic pair of pants and tee or even thrown over a simple linen dress. Our robes are classic and minimalist, yet scream high fashion! These light-weight fluid drapes, hang loose with drop shoulders and wide billowy sleeves. Slow fashion at its best, these are perfect separates for your getaways and staycations.
- Wide-cut body with a relaxed silhouette
- Short robe, front open
- Drop shoulder with oversized sleeves
- Side slits
The hem inside the neckline and front is crafted in Deep Navy
TEXTILE STORY: I am never tired of repeating the story about how we carved our first block from a potato in my Mom-in-law’s kitchen. We took the largest one and cut a simple leaf out of it. We named it the 'Alu' (potato) block. It was a minimalist repeat pattern with one humble leaf. Little did we know that it would go on to become one of our Best Sellers, being housed in the World’s leading Museum of Art and Design, 'The Victoria & Albert Museum', London'!
Meet 'Chota Alu' (Small Potato)! Yes, we like to keep reinventing using our old blocks, and name them like they really exist! Each one has a unique name just like us. Some are named after celebrities or buyers who bought those patterns, others from a memory that we associate them with, like 'The Alu' here! It’s my reminiscence of our early days with just one artisan, one table in our backyard and no blocks; of course with my Mom-in-law peeking from the kitchen window to see what we were doing with all her potatoes! Get a glimpse of Ali bhai printing this piece in the adjoining slide.
- One size relaxed fit, Fits XS – XL comfortably
- Length Centre front 82cm
- Cross-Body Chest 112 cm
- The Model is 5’7’’
- Measurements taken on a flat lay
WEIGHT: 120 grams
COLOUR: Navy Blue and Natural White
Variation in printing & colour are hallmarks of hand block printing and dyeing in small batches. Here’s to celebrating blemishes, flaws, faulty and irregular.
DYES: Azo-free non toxic dyes
SHIPPING: Dispatched in 30 business days
At aeshaane, we invite everyone to slow down and cherish garments that are made slowly and deliberately by artisans. After all, 'Things of beauty have no fear of time'! Free shipping inside India. International shipping is additional.
RETURNS & EXCHANGES:
Made to order fashion: Each piece is specially handcrafted for you, thereby reducing waste, since items are not produced in advance. Please check the Return & Exchanges policy.
Our Eri silk cloth is a completely handmade artisan product, crafted by Kaushik, a third generation of rearers, who hails from the tribal 'Borah' community, nurturing his small dreams in a remote village called 'Phalpur' in Assam. Twenty women from a self-help group gather around post noon, to do the 'Chunai', or sorting of these empty cocoons. The methods used by the locals are environment friendly and sustainable. The indigenous women in the Assamese household are willing to invest their time in making these ageless beauties, as a way to embrace their culture, to follow the pace of life and to pass on the craft to the younger generation. Each piece has taken at least a week to produce, excluding the harvesting and printing by our artists Ali bhai, Deepak and Bachchu.
Besides earning a fair income from their work, all our artisans have a sense of belonging, a place they can call their own, that gives them a life filled with love, pride and dignity, where they can benefit from being together as a community. Meet the makers here.
At aeshaane, our artisans have
- A safe and flexible working environment
- Encouragement to use their own creativity
- Ability to work remotely or from home
- Integration into an uplifting community
- Dignified work where their voices are heard
- Options to participate in workshops and other training programs
WORKSHOP: Each piece is handmade at aeshaane's in-house workshop in a small village in Bengal, where our artisans share our values and produce in a fair way. We celebrate all that is slow, ethical and does not harm the people, animals or the planet. To learn more, click on Behind the scenes.
MATERIAL: 100% Natural Eri Peace silk
HANDFEEL: Light-weight, airy, incredibly smooth and soft; When draped, its fluidity is unmatched!
IS IT NON-VIOLENT? Often, the word Ahimsa (Non-violence) is synonymously used with Eri silk. The name 'Eri' is derived from the word 'era', which means 'castor', since the Eri silkworms feed on castor leaves. Part of the process to rear silk conventionally, involves the cocoons being hurled into hot water to preserve the integrity of the long filament fibres. This method clearly kills the silkworm, breaking the chain of ethical processing. However, at aeshaane, we believe in slow silk farming, where the fibre gets extracted from empty cocoons only after the metamorphosis of the moth is complete and they leave their habitat, thereby completing the chain of circular farming. That is why Eri silk is also known as Peace or Vegan silk. For more information click on Our silks.
PROPERTIES: Eri silk is strong, dense and highly durable wild silk. The silk from this Natural fibre is readily biodegradable after serving its full lifecycle and thus has low environmental impact. Besides being 100% hypo-allergic and antibacterial, due to its thermal properties, Eri silk is cool in summer and warm in winter.
ORIGIN: North east India, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Karnataka and some parts of China and Japan
We help you take good care of your purchase. With a little love and care, your silk kaftan will last you for years. We celebrate re-use, swapping and encourage you to repair whenever possible.
- Dry cleaning is the safest option
- Gentle steam iron on the reverse side
- Do not wrap in plastic, as silk needs to breathe
- Each purchase comes in a recycled bag for storage
Click on Care and repair to know more.