Passion Lilie is intentional about countering the fast fashion industry by creating long-lasting garments that are made for all seasons. They partner with five small-scale artisan groups in India who design, dye, and cut modern styles and classic silhouettes. Artisans use upcycled fabric, organic cotton (when possible), and nontoxic dyes, so garments are soft on your skin and healthy for the earth. But what makes Passion Lilie’s line of clothing truly special is the artisan’s use of Ikat weaving and block printing. Both are ancient art forms that are cherished across Asia. You can read more about the intricate processes of Ikat weaving and block printing below.
Passion Lilie cares about the wellbeing of the artisans who make the garments. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, they ensure that artisans are paid a stable and living wage, that working environments are safe, and that the environment is protected. Passion Lilie also implements a job training program for women interested in promotions.
Ikat (meaning “to tie” or “to bind”) is an intricate resist dyeing and weaving technique that originated in Indonesia. It is considered one of the oldest weaving techniques in the world and has been passed down from generation to generation throughout the continent. The designs often represent the region’s culture and heritage.
Block printing is a method that dates back to the 3rd century BCE. As a popular art form in Asian cultures, block prints were historically used to disseminate information, display religious texts, or simply to demonstrate one’s artistry. The artisan groups that partner with Passion Lilie keep this ancient art form alive.