Malabar is well known for its vibrant hand loomed cottons in plains, checks and stripes and has remained faithful to them through the years. All new launches and ranges are made up of or complemented by these beautiful fabrics. Each fabric is individual to itself as a result of the techniques used in its production and a major part of the charm and beauty of the product lies in the irregularity of the weave and of the pattern repeats.
Malabar has been using cotton from the Kerala region of India since it began nearly 20 years ago. Handloom cotton from the tropical monsoon lands of South India is produced in the most traditional of ways. It is dyed by hand using the most stable vat dyes available to the region and the high quality of the dyeing is attributed to the region receiving the brunt of the monsoon rains. The cotton is then woven on hand looms by some of the most skilled weavers in India, without the use of machines, using time-honoured techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. Malabar cotton hand loom fabrics are sourced from small co-operatives which are run ethically and provide vital support for the small communities and villages where the mills are located.
Malabar passionately values the ancient traditions of those involved in the making of these unique and socially accountable fabrics. We share in the pride of the craftsmen who know that they alone are responsible for the look, feel and beauty of a fabric made by their own hands.