26 Jul What It Means To Be British Made – Fashion and Textile Museum
BARJIS has recently just gone to the Fashion and Textile Museum for a fascinating talk by Suzanne Smith, Manager of the Clothworkers Centre for the Study & Conservation of Textiles & Fashion in west London.
Suzanne revealed, “the [Clothworkers] Centre houses around 100,000 pieces of fashion textiles and clothing from as long as 3000 years ago and stocks items such as the Indian domestic embroidery called Bengal Kantha Quilt, contemporary kimono, 19th century knickers, 18th century court dresses, and 17th century embroidered casket representative of an educated woman with class.” Further, she mentioned that the 19th century was a very important time for British textile manufacturing and for something to be made in Britain self-explains its perfection in fabric selection, pattern cutting, and clothing construction.
Natural fabric such as the relatively cheaper cotton from cotton plant and linen from flax plant are more prone to creases. In comparison, the more expensive silk from silkworms and wool from sheep are less likely to crease. When it comes to manufacturing, BARJIS sources from top quality suppliers of fabric to assemble every season of our Womenswear collection. For example, our signature Beaded Evening Dress is made of 100% silk and tailored made to ensure the dress flows over the body limbs with an elegant drape. “Every piece of our garment, when observed closely, is a reflection of the British heritage that shows rigor and grace behind the design,” Barjis Chohan stated.
Photography by Victoria and Albert Museum London