The New Indian Express

Kiniho by Iba Mallai

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Kiniho is the brainchild of Iba Mallai, a textile designer based in Meghalaya India. The brand is an amalgamation of heritage with modern aesthetics.

‘Creating responsibly’ is embedded in the brand’s foundation, with all designs crafted mindfully by blending Eri/Peace silk with handcrafted textiles. The design aesthetic and colour palette is deeply inspired by nature, traditions and folklore of the region.

Kiniho’s designs and garments are flowy, open and approach life with a relaxed and easy mindset. The brand works only with Eri silk – also called Peace silk – as the silkworms are not killed to obtain the fibre. This fibre is then handwoven by local community weavers to create textiles. The colour palette is deeply inspired by nature, as such the brand uses only natural dyes in production.

SS23 Own space is a place where everyone can sink into their beliefs, allowing thoughts to process. In this Spring summer collection Kiniho brings a fresh mix of natural colours in Eri silk handwoven textiles. The designs are a play with lines and textures with minute detailing, allowing their handcrafted fabric its own space to weave its own story. Techniques such as hand embroidery, crochet and pleats are used for detailing.

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