TaklaMakanCouture

Slow Fashion between Paris and Pondicherry

Thomery, Île-de-France 94 Sales On Etsy since 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars (18)

TaklaMakanCouture

Slow Fashion between Paris and Pondicherry

Thomery, Île-de-France | 94 Sales

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Takla Makan Ethical Couture

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Takla Makan Ethical Couture

Announcement    Welcome to the ethical fashion caravan of Takla Makan !

Melissa de Valera, an ethical fashion designer for women who want both beauy and consciousness, is welcoming you into her creative world, at the crossroads of Asia and the West.
“ I have been lucky to live and work in India for many years, a country with such a vivid textile craft, so vibrant with colours and traditions. Takla Makan is the creative expression of everything my heart beats for: traditional textiles, natural dyes, designing unique hand made clothes and accessories, sharing with people and social action, particularly towards women.
I source my fabrics from NGOs, crafts cooperatives and socially responsible companies from different regions across the world.

At Takla Makan, accessories are made from leftovers from the garments collection, be sure that nothing is wasted from the precious testimonies of craftspeople’s genious!
I call it high end Upcycling at its best!
By buying Takla Makan, you are supporting an artistic, ethical and social project, thus contributing to a more beautiful world!
Thanks for liking us and sharing our project!

https://www.facebook.com/taklamakancouture/
www.taklamakan.fr/en

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Last updated on Dec 9, 2016

Welcome to the ethical fashion caravan of Takla Makan !

Melissa de Valera, an ethical fashion designer for women who want both beauy and consciousness, is welcoming you into her creative world, at the crossroads of Asia and the West.
“ I have been lucky to live and work in India for many years, a country with such a vivid textile craft, so vibrant with colours and traditions. Takla Makan is the creative expression of everything my heart beats for: traditional textiles, natural dyes, designing unique hand made clothes and accessories, sharing with people and social action, particularly towards women.
I source my fabrics from NGOs, crafts cooperatives and socially responsible companies from different regions across the world.

At Takla Makan, accessories are made from leftovers from the garments collection, be sure that nothing is wasted from the precious testimonies of craftspeople’s genious!
I call it high end Upcycling at its best!
By buying Takla Makan, you are supporting an artistic, ethical and social project, thus contributing to a more beautiful world!
Thanks for liking us and sharing our project!

https://www.facebook.com/taklamakancouture/
www.taklamakan.fr/en

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About

Indian traditional textiles with a French fashion twist!

The story of Takla Makan: it’s my story too!

My name is Melissa de Valera. I am a french of South American origin. I fell in love with hand-crafted textiles and with Asia from my youngest age. Irma, my Colombian grandmother, introduced me to making clothes and to Asian culture through art, Yoga and spirituality… Very soon I was fascinated with this whole civilization, and studied History of Art, Indian languages, History of religions, iconography, different art techniques and finally Textile Design.
While directing a documentary film on ikkat weaving in India, I came across my mission: working with craftspeople to promote textile art, and creating my own fashion, both ethical and timeless, within the frame of a social business.
I have been living between India and France, working with inspiring people and NGOs committed to women’s empowerment and to the survival of traditional craft techniques. I started Takla Makan in Pondicherry in 2007, it has become my way to creatively express everything my heart beats for: human unity, traditional textiles, eco-design, designing unique clothes and accessories and being committed to social action, particularly towards women.

TAKLA MAKAN and it’s brand identity: ETHICAL and SLOW FASHION

The Taklamakan is actually a desert located on the old silk routes, between China and India. The most ancient silks have been excavated there by archeologists, miraculously preserved for centuries… The chimere I chose for the brand’s logo is inspired by a little creature adorning a meditation mirror found in that desert.
The name of Taklamakan meets my inspiration: tales of splendor from a time when everything was hand made, and when fashion was a slow treasure. By naming my brand “Takla – Makan”, I started unraveling the tale of my dream inspired by the legendary times of the caravans on the Silk Roads.
Makan means “house” in Hindi, and indeed Takla Makan has become my Home, wherever I am.

Shop members

  • Melissa de Valera

    Owner, Designer

    A passionate about textile crafts and eco design Melissa de Valera lives between France and India and works with crafts people and NGO’s. Takla Makan is the creative expression of everything her heart beats for!

Production partners

  • Durga

    Puducherry, India

    Durga a monté son atelier de production de cuir à Pondichéry, où il a grandi dans l'Ashram de Sri Aurobindo. Il emploie des femmes et des hommes dans d'excellentes conditions de travail et à une échelle humaine. J'apprécie sa démarche et son travail et suis ravie de collaborer avec lui.

  • Katna's Kantha

    Murshidābād, India

    Katna's Kantha est un ONG dont le projet d'émancipation des femmes m'a touché au coeur. Il permet à des centaines de femmes en zone rurale de devenir autonomes tout en perpetuant la tradition de la broderie Kantha. Les bénéfices financent une école mixte en anglais pour les enfants des brodeuses

  • Takla Makan workshop/ Navasarjan Textiles Pvt Ltd

    India

    L’atelier de couture éthique Navasarjan Textiles et la marque Takla Makan créés par Melissa de Valera existent depuis 8 ans et sont basés à Pondichéry en Inde du sud, ainsi que l'ONG A Way With You qu'ils financent.

  • Takla Makan/ navasarjan Textiles Pvt Limited

    Puducherry, India

    The workshop of Takla Makan is now run by Navasarjan Textiles, the team was trained directly by designer Melissa de Valera for many years. The entire benefits of the workshop go to finance the NGO A WAY WITH YOU www.awwy.org

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