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For spring/summer 2017, Maiyet is continuing its dedication to rare technique and modern sustainability, with inspiration this season coming from India, expressed through a New York lens.
Hand-stitched embroidery and appliqués show for the many translations and interpretations of India’s topographies and geometries. And while the new collection reminds us of our creative spirits, it also offers a fresh perspective on ethical responsibility.
Maiyet’s main focus is the very aspect that keeps it sustainable—outsourcing from authentic and environmentally friendly creators from all over the world. For this collection, the brand collaborated with master weavers, knitters, printers, embroiderers, and cashmere producers. From Varanasi, India, Maiyet was able to access traditional handloom silk weavers. From La Paz, Bolivia, the brand worked with hand knitters. From Jaipur, India, textile patterns and block prints were possible by local artisans. We also noted that hand embroidery and reverse appliqué was done in Kolkata, India, hand beading was done in Mumbai, India, and the leather hides for the bags was sourced from some of the best Italian tanneries in Florence, Italy.
“Maiyet believes emphatically in the strength of community—we source globally to bolster the communities of our artisan partners and we create locally to support the longstanding and venerable fashion community of New York City, also the place we call home,” said Paul van Zyl, the co-founder and CEO of Maiyet.