Takla Makan

Le Taklamakan est un désert situé sur les routes de la Soie… La marque Takla Makan évoque le temps légendaire des caravanes himalayennes, quand les textiles étaient précieux et la MODE DURABLE! Découvrez notre univers de mode éthique, notre PASSION pour le design innovant et notre RESPECT pour l’Homme et l'environnement..

Takla Makan

The Taklamakan is a desert on the SILK ROADS. The brand name Takla Makan tells of the legendary times of the asian caravans, when textiles were precious and fashion was slow ! Discover our CREATIVE AND ETHICAL FASHION world, our PASSION for innovative design and our CARE for people and environment.

Discounts on the e store alittlemarket from 6th to 17th October 2016

Profitez des petits prix pendant la little Week des créateurs sur alittlemarket.fr, mettez de l'éthique dans votre dressing avec  Takla Makan

Now is the right time to  put ethical clothing in your wardrobe : from Thursday 6th to Monday 17th October 2016. During the "Little Week des créateurs" on the french online store of Takla Makan, our unique creations will be sold at discounted rates : up to  -30% on clothes, scarves, hand embroidered stoles,  textile jewellery, bags and accessories.

www.alittlemarket.com/boutique/taklamakan

Here is a beautiful opportunity to take action towards becoming a conscious consumer, and start dressing up in ethical fashion and support the Takla Makan project, between Paris and Pondicherry, that makes women stronger and more beautiful, in Europe and in India... 

robe en coton imprimé à la main, cape en laine verte, patron original de Melissa de Valera pour Takla Makan mode éthique
en noir et bleu: une étole en patchwork brodée main en kantha, pièce unique créée par Melissa de Valera pour  sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan
jupe rose et top noir et vert en laine, patron original de Melissa de Valera pour Takla Makan mode éthique créée par Melissa de Valera pour sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan
en noir et beige: une étole en patchwork brodée main en kantha, pièce unique créée par Melissa de Valera pour  sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan
mancharpe en laine, pièce unique créée par Melissa de Valera pour  sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan
en noir et rouge: une étole en patchwork brodée main en kantha, pièce unique créée par Melissa de Valera pour  sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan

 

The Pondicherry workshop manufactures Melissa de Valera's creations when reproduction in small series is needed. This ethical tailoring workshop has an exemplary functioning and finances the ONG A Way With You, which has been contributing to children and youth education, and women empowerment in  Tamil Nadu for more than 12 years. A lot of work over the years for Takla Makan, hand in hand with  Marie-Véronique du Fontbaré, the ONG's president, and with all the women and men who are part of this long term ethical adventure in India,  Belgium, and France...

couture dans l'atelier de Pondichéry où Melissa de Valera produit sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan, pour aider à l'émancipation des femmes en Inde
Melissa de Valera engagée dans l'ONG AWWY pour l'émancipation des femmes indiennes par sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan
Melissa de Valera forme une brodeuse pour réaliser les bijoux textiles de sa marque de couture éthique Takla Makan, à Pondichéry en Inde

Paris Heritage Festival celebrates Ethical Fashion at Hôtel de Noirmoutiers

Anais Duplan textile jewellery weaving
Anais Duplan weaver ethical fashion
Françoise Carré textile artist orange dress

Here is what to do this week end : an artistic wandering curated by  Universal Love for the 2016 Heritage Days in Paris, on 17th  and 18th September at Hôtel de Noirmoutiers.
During these two days, you'll be able to walk around the lounges and the parc to discover the architecture and furniture of this exceptional place. Most of all you can see the wonderful work of numerous artists (Clay Apenouvon...), textile designers (Isabelle Teste, Françoise Carré, Victoria Darolti...), the exhibitions « Parures » ("Ornaments", among which hand woven by Anais Duplan who worked with Melissa de Valera at Takla Makan a few years ago in Pondicherry) and «Le Revers de Mon Look».

You will also be able to practice your skills during workshops around creative and elegant upcycling animated by Gaëlle Constantini and Frédérique Leininger, or upcycle pastic bags by crocheting with les Filles du Facteur.

To complete this artistic journey, you'll learn everything you aways wanted to know about textile recycling with la Fibre du Tri and ECO TLC.

 

Today let's celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

hand sculpted wooden block to print on textiles at Takla Makan

It's the festival of hindu god Ganesh, who helps us overcome all obstacles and be successful in all our activities. Today is an auspicious days to think about him!

It is celebrated in India, and of course in Pondicherry, but in Paris too! The celebrations are always a delight for the eye in the area of La Chapelle!

The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public places and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the statues are immersed in a large body of water such as the sea, river or a lake, or sometimes in a water bucket (that's better for the environment!) The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water.  The devotees chant: « Ganapati bappa morya ! Mangal moorti morya ! » (« Lord Ganapati, come back to us ! You who brings us good luck, come back to us ! »

Introduced in the Summer collection 2013, I really developed the Kazar Jacket in the Winter collection, playing with silk and wool. Ingeniously reversible with inner and outer ties, you can wear this jacket in 8 different ways! With one side in silk and the other in wool, this jacket will complement all your outfits, being casual over a denim jeans and very classy over a evening dress! This jacket was made as a free size and fits beautifully all shapes.

Silk Side out - without any ties

Silk Side out – without any ties

Wool Side out, - Back with collar on the shouders.

Wool Side out, – Back with collar on the shouders.

Wool Side out - Tied from the outside like a roll

Wool Side out – Tied from the outside like a roll

Wool Side out - Cross tie with one inner silk tie and one outside wool tie

Wool Side out – Cross tie with one inner silk tie and one outside wool tie

Wool Side out - Ties from outside in the back.

Wool Side out – Ties from outside in the back.

114476chatetangegardienThe following personalities are like gold for us. We owe them so much!
It as simple as without them, Takla Makan’s project would have been over long time back…

 

Thanks to their generosity, patience, infinite support and openness of mind and heart, Takla Makan stands up today and keeps developing itself.
These personalities are now pillars of our ethical project and we will never be tired of thanking them!

 

Nathalie

Nathalie – a beloved friend

Vikram Devatha - un partenaire au soutien indéfectible

Vikram Devatha – a strong and passionate partner

Marie-Véronique de Fontbaré - Une battante exemplaire

Marie-Véronique de Fontbaré – an inspiring fighter

NathalieI have been working for 20 years in the « retail industry » , as a training project manager for 15 years and sustainable development and quality project manager for 5 years. These experiences gave me the opportunity to observe the changes happening in our consumerism society and in our economic system as a whole.

As we all know, every change brings positive as negative things to one society…

One thing is stated, our occidental society is based on consumption and it does not bring happiness to people at all. On the contrary, the more consumption levels increase, the more the moral misery grows. Human beings are getting apart from their own nature.

In 2005, I had the opportunity to attend a humanitarian trip t o India. I was touched by this land, the diversity of its culture. I fell in love with India. My way of looking at life and behaving completely changed thanks to this trip.
It is hard to describe how my human sensibility and my spiritual aspiration not connected to something bigger and essential. When the soul is touched, no words are enough to express one’s feelings.
After this trip, I felt I had to go back to India every year. Every stay helped me understand better this complex country, and I was feeling better every time.
And every time, coming back to France gave me a bitter taste. I realized how big was the gap between my home country and this culture where everything seems possible.

In 2010, I wanted to share my passion with my third daughter, who was studying fashion design.
I had visited several couture workshops in India and I felt that an Indian experience could bring to her much more than a traditional internship in France. By this time, I had been several time to Pondicherry and I started to know the place and people. We spent one week there to look for suitable workshop for her and a suitable association where I could spend some qualitative time while my daughter would have been working. Indeed, it was still a dream for me to settle really in India for a few months.

That is when I met Melissa for the first time, thanks to a common friend. Young French designer, she just opened an ethical workshop in Pondicherry and created her brand, Takla Makan. Her courage, willingness and determination were moving.

She is an art aficionado and more than everything she is passionate by Indian traditional textiles, as, for her, Indian craftsmen “own a real savoir-faire”. Melissa had created long-lasting partnerships with several NGOs, contributing to women empowerment. Indeed, I consider that there is something “divine” happening when talent and passion are working towards a moral commitment.

Nevertheless, the road towards ethics is often winding and a lot of courage is needed to carry on with the same motivation and determination!
Melissa helped me when I needed it, I found it normal to return the favor when I had the chance. Moreover, I have always been sensible to women energy. When a woman dares to reveal her sacred feminity, she is able to move mountains!

In the end of 2013, after several Indian experiences as a volunteer, I decided to dedicate myself to a life project: support and serve. Then, I created a social fund: “Fonds du Coeur” (Funds from the heart). Through this association, I really yearn to contribute to a fairer and more aware world, focusing on the most needed people in India, women and children.

loo fonds du coeur

I finally discover what gives me energy in life: create awareness, raise bridges and support ethical projects in order to create more harmony for the future.
No matter the size, every action made out of love can help changing this world.
To support Takla Makan is to contribute to women empowerment and local craftsmanship, authentic treasures of the Indian culture.

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Little Week of discount on designers

Discounts on the e store alittlemarket from 6th to 17th October 2016 Now is the right time to  put ethical clothing in your wardrobe : from Thursday 6th to Monday 17th October 2016. During the “Little Week des créateurs” on the french online store of Takla Makan, our unique creations will be sold at discounted rates : up to  -30% on clothes, scarves, hand embroidered stoles,…

Heritage and Ethical Fashion Exhibition in Paris

Paris Heritage Festival celebrates Ethical Fashion at Hôtel de Noirmoutiers Here is what to do this week end : an artistic wandering curated by  Universal Love for the 2016 Heritage Days in Paris, on 17th  and 18th September at Hôtel de Noirmoutiers. During these two days, you’ll be able to walk around the lounges…

Ganesh Chaturthi

Today let’s celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi It’s the festival of hindu god Ganesh, who helps us overcome all obstacles and be successful in all our activities. Today is an auspicious days to think about him! It is celebrated in India, and of course in Pondicherry, but in Paris too! The celebrations are…

The Favorite Style of AW13: The Kazar Jacket!

Introduced in the Summer collection 2013, I really developed the Kazar Jacket in the Winter collection, playing with silk and wool. Ingeniously reversible with inner and outer ties, you can wear this jacket in 8 different ways! With one side in silk and the other in wool, this jacket will…

Our guardian angels

The following personalities are like gold for us. We owe them so much! It as simple as without them, Takla Makan’s project would have been over long time back…   Thanks to their generosity, patience, infinite support and openness of mind and heart, Takla Makan stands up today and keeps…

Nathalie – a precious and altruistic friend

I have been working for 20 years in the « retail industry » , as a training project manager for 15 years and sustainable development and quality project manager for 5 years. These experiences gave me the opportunity to observe the changes happening in our consumerism society and in our…

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