Mumbai based textile designer Padmaja Krishnan’s collection –KeSa by Padmaja- takes forth our experiments with handmade Indian textiles as upholstery. It also forwards our aim to use up-cycled material in making our products. The collection launched with the Upholstered Easy Armchair and will soon extend to other sofa models as well as seating cushions.
KeSa refers to single-layer garments made by Buddhist monks by sewing together rags and discarded clothing. It is derived from the Sanskrit 'Kāsāya' referring to the garment's dark brown or saffron colour. Inspired by these traditional garbs, textiles for this collection are created through an intense process of collecting discarded fabric scraps, arranging them with care, sewing them one piece at a time by hand, and then by machine.
By redefining the useless and discarded, finding effects in defects and choosing techniques that are slow and unpredictable, this collection is an attempt at breaking the tedium of mass manufacture and creating upholstery that is timeless, yet resolutely modern.