Index of Materials
As a sustainable fashion brand we try to use the best sustainable textile options available. We think that reusing and repurposing vintage textiles is the best way to source fabrics for our collections. With these handmade textiles we can also offer high quality and uniqueness with our clothes which are the key components for a luxurious product.
We want to show the world some of the biggest treasures of the silk road and turn them into beautifully made garments that can be worn in our modern world and at the same time tell their stories of a lifetime.
Each piece we make out of vintage textiles carries a history that reflects someones culture or life story. All of these garments are handmade and demonstrate what real luxury and quality means. In our modern fast world we forgot about handcraft and artisan art that is still a part of many peoples lives in different parts of the globe.
We want to spread and share this skilled artwork that was made with craftsmanship around the world. Our materials website is created to take you on a little journey and show how our ZAZI magic is created. You will get a deeper inside in the meaning and history of the textiles we use.
The definition of the textile comes from the word “suzan” that means Needle so Suzani means Needle work. The embroidery on these garments are made with a needle or mostly a hook, because the thick cotton textiles were easier to handle with hooks. Traditionally they used silk on the embroidery but there is also the option of wool in a few cases.
Our Suzani fabrics are all vintage treasures from the silk road. That means these textiles are from central Asia and mostly known from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan or Tajikistan. Each of these beautifully handmade textiles tell a story of their craftsman. Traditionally are Suzanis made for brides to be by the women of the family. So each woman gets one part in form of a stripe of that cotton fabric and has to make the embroidery. At the end all pieces will be stitched together and create a pattern on that fabric. The symbols on these pictures are mostly representing fertility, religion or nature.
We use Suzani textiles to create our unique coats. For the lining and trim of the coats is the Suzani combined with up-cycled sheep fur. We make them even more meaningful then they already are because besides the reflection of all the people that put their heart into these garments we send a girl in India to school for one year with each coat we sell.
You can find the technique of Ikat fabric at different places around the world. As in different parts of Asia and Africa but the Ikat we use is a typical design that has its origin in Uzbekistan.
The manufacturing is different then other woven fabrics. With Ikat they dying of the threads happen before weaving them into the textile. That creates the pattern of the garment wich is typical for Uszbek Ikat. The most important characteristic is the cloud like pattern because there are no exact lines more a cloudy frame.
The dying process of Ikat threads
The swati embroidery is a traditional type of embroidery from Pakistan. That is mostly found in museums nowadays. This craftsmanship is extremely time intensive because it is important to be very accurate in the making. The embroidery differences itself from others because as the craftsman you need to count every stich so that the geometrical pattern is created in a perfectly systematic way.
We are making our cropped coats out of some of the few special treasures that are left.
The Sari is the most common clothing piece for women in India although it is a traditional costume and goes way back in time.
The culture and heritage of the woman is reflected in the way the Sari is worn. There are different ways of wrapping the 5-6 m fabric.
Most women are wearing a skirt and a cropped top (called „Choli“) underneath because the sari itself is basically just a rectangular piece of fabric. They use different variations of materials some are just made out of cotton others are mixed with silk, fake silk or some are pure silk Saris. Most of the textiles are adorned with golden or silver embroidery or with some other kind of woven pattern.
As we try to take traditional garments and clothes and turn them into our own designs we are planing on creating beautiful dresses made out off vintage Sari fabric.
We wanted to create a line that is more accessible so that every woman can be a part of the ZAZI mission.
The term Khadi or Khaddar is used for cloth from India and Pakistan that are hand-spun and hand-woven. The fabric is adaptable so that it is cool in summer and warm in winter. For spinning the material into threads they use a „charka“ that is a traditional spinning wheel. The raw material can vary between cotton, silk, wool or any mix of these.
Its rough nature will wrinkle easier than other cotton fabrics. To create the typical Khadi look it is often enhanced to improve the shape by making it stiffer.
Khadi is also a synonym for natural and eco friendly produced product from India. If you use this term for textiles it is describing a textile made with handlooms and handwoven yarn.
Embroidery from India