India is a culturally rich, colorful and exciting backdrop that inspires what we do.
Growing up in Mumbai, founder, Kunal Desai, was surrounded by family in the apparel business. The combination of his family history, curiosity and sense of wanderlust led to the creation of Umber & Ochre.
Our name, Umber & Ochre, is derived from the earthy pigments found in the natural world that make up our products. Our materials are ethically sourced from fiber to finished fabric, concentrating exclusively on natural fibers and dyes from native plants and minerals.
Our collections are sustainably produced in family-owned workshops and support the preservation of a rich history of traditional handcrafts in small Indian village communities. Similar to the ‘farm-to-table’ slow food movement, we use a ‘field-to-fabric’ philosophy.
Threads are woven manually on a traditional wooden hand loom, a process that is hundreds of years old with a result that is unattainable on modern looms. Tension is adjusted manually, natural breakages and shuttle changes are hand knotted and yardage is limited. Although a slow and deliberate endeavor, it yields an authentic signature texture created by the hand of its weaver that is unattainable on modern looms. The resulting garment is crafted entirely by materials that embody unique characteristics that are made to last.
Every product passes through many hands before it reaches the one who wears it and is made simply and sustainably, to last.