the creation of colors by padmini
our desire is to create bold and meaningful accents for spaces such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms, and we naturally tend to design meditation, yoga and dance studios.
our inspiration comes from the bright colors of indian sari fabrics and the tribal dance outfits of gypsy communities that we come across while traveling the world, particularly in india.
we developed an immense fascination with old needle work, preservation of old crafts and up-cycling treasures from the past into new creations for adornment and to surround us.
- what we make -
padmini’s signature window treatment offers a very colorful palette of sheer and semi-sheer materials. in developing the sari curtains, we commit to the presence, the fall and transparency, the way vibrant color filters light and the volume that color creates. the vast world of indian saris unfold, and we source the fabric from bazaars and sari shops in delhi and rajasthan.
through research and over many years of working with home owners and designers in our boutique in philadelphia, we developed a line of bedding, decorative pillows, table runners and tapestries that are simple in proportion and construction, yet feature amazing materials.
here we incorporate old material like antique embroidery, kantha or gudri with new materials like block print cotton and raw silk - all to create functional art.
the "padmini women" line of boho chic apparel and our one-of-a-kind accessories are an expression of our inspired life style. the gypsy tribal dancer and the authentic beauty found in women around the world who are wearing such color and texture - these are our sources of creativity.
- Environmental and Ethical Expectations -
we know from the owners, management and workers, and have also observed on site, that our team in india is happy in their job conditions and wages.
we pay close attention to the presence of humane working conditions. the factory is equipped with fans and air coolers and we all (floor workers, office staff and visitors) are enjoying the same environment, protected from heat and pollution. there is apparent non-discrimination. older workers and handicapped and physically challenged employees are all considered and their quickness and ability is taken into account. there are many women employed, and the workers have diverse religious backgrounds. as a traditional craft workshop, they use sustainable materials and up-cycle old material as much as possible. we observe consciousness and use of vegetable dyes and organic cottons, when it's affordable and on demand.
in addition to the ethical practice that we have witnessed regularly, we have been privy to acts of kindness, equality, friendship, and community support. we have seen the factory close for breaks for workers' weddings and holidays. gifts and bonuses and kind gestures are provided to the workers on special occasions.
there are respectful relationships between management and workers. the permanent team of workers who have been with the workshop longer than the ten years we have been collaborating with them are as testament to the healthy work environment encouraged by our friends in india!