Nomadic Simplicity: Injiri in 2016

Injiri Ahir Organic Cotton Collection
The Ahir Collection by Injiri


Inspired by vintage aesthetics as always, Injiri's designer Chinar Farooqui presents her two new collections for 2016, Ahir and Recycle, both with a modern take on traditional Indian ethnic textiles and patterns. 

Ahir is the namesake of the Ahir caste, an ethnic group migrated into India from Central Asia during the early Christian era. Ahir people are believed to be the descendants of Lord Krishna. For generations, they have been farmers, herders, and warriors. 


Ahir woman, Flickr

An Ahir woman wearing her traditional costume. ( Flickr )

Gujarat, India
Taken in the streets of Gujarat, India, where many Ahir people dwell. 


The elaborate costumes of Ahir women have infused colors into the Injiri home collections. Chinar's interpretation of multi-colored stripes, vibrant checkers, and exquisite embroidery carries her unique personal trademark - simple yet elegant, calm but never without a sense of rhythm. 


INJIRI AHIR 24" PILLOW  Injiri Ahir 16" Pillow  Injiri Ahir Throw



The Recycle collection is created with leftover fabrics from weavers' workshops throughout Gujarat and Rajasthan. Threads of cotton are first dyed into varying shades of indigo blue, then tufted by hand and sewn into pillows and rugs. The rough and shaggy texture of this collection brings on a down-to-earth attitude, delightfully refreshing and free-spirited.

   Injiri Recycle Indigo Weave 16" Pillow

Indigo Dye



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