Indigene, based out of Shahpur Jat, is a sustainable and conscious designer label that is all about indigenous (that's where the name 'Indigene' comes from) textiles, local artisans, slow fashion, and bringing forth dying crafts to the larger public. Started in 2011 by Jaya Bhatt and Ruchi Tripathi, the label does stylish clothing ranging from kurtas to dresses and showcases techniques like 'Ajrakh' (from the Kutch region), 'Sujni' (from the Bihar and Jharkhand region), and also works with fine Bengal cotton and khadi silk.
Their latest collection, called The Ikat Route, revolves around one of our favourite handwoven textiles, Ikat and features kurtas, 'chapans', and overlays inspired by the clothing of Central Asian men and women. You'll find double Ikat overlays, silk handwoven kurtas, hand-block printed Telia Rumal Chapans, and more exquisite pieces as a part of this collection and the colours are a mix of olive, blue, maroon, and black. Prices for Indigene's The Ikat Route collection start at INR 22,500.
We really liked Indigene's White Center collection as well that's inspired by Mark Rothko's painting by the same name. The collection features 'chanderi' stoles, dresses, pleated kurtas, woven peplum tops, and a ton of zari work. If you're a fan of stripes, then this is surely the collection you need to check out. Prices for Indigene's White Center collection start at INR 2,700.
One of the best things about Indigene is their Gudri collection that features recycled clothing. Think of scrap fabric, sewn together beautifully, quilted, and turned into shirts, jackets, kimonos, unisex silk shirts, and overlap dresses. The pieces are really unique and colourful and sure to get you loads of compliments. Prices for Indigene's Gudri collection start at INR 4,800.
Indigene's studio is open from 11 AM - 6 PM (Monday to Friday) and 11 AM - 5 PM on Saturday. The studio is closed on Sunday. Visits to the studio are fixed by appointment only. Panchsheel Park is the nearest metro station.