2017 will be SLOW!

Takla Makan slow fashion green

2017 will be SLOW!

Takla Makan slow fashion ethical green couture

The Wish of Melissa de Valera for 2017 : let’s slow down! And take time for dreaming…

What I wish the most for this new year 2017 as a slow fashion designer for Takla Makan, is that all of us take time so that the focus can shift back to the human factor and to interpersonal communication.

Finding the time to think before we act, the time to dream, allows to reconnect with our humanity

Being in a constant rush, requesting that things be “done yesterday,” and having more needs than time available… It’s all a sign of how much our battle against the clock can degrade our quality of living, our relationships and our deep self. Continue reading “2017 will be SLOW!”

Sale on all Takla Makan ethical fashion creations by Melissa de Valera on alittlemarket.fr

Little Week of discount on designers

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…  Continue reading “Little Week of discount on designers”

Heritage and Ethical Fashion Exhibition in Paris

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». Continue reading “Heritage and Ethical Fashion Exhibition in Paris”

Ganesh Chaturthi

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 ! »

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 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. Continue reading “The Favorite Style of AW13: The Kazar Jacket!”

Our guardian angels

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!

Continue reading “Our guardian angels”

Nathalie – a precious and altruistic friend

NathalieHere are a few words from Nathalie: “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 economic system as a whole.

As we all know, every change brings positive as negative things to one society… Continue reading “Nathalie – a precious and altruistic friend”

Takla Makan on tour! Step 1: Paris and its suburbs

Melissa is in France this fall to introduce her winter collection! First in Paris at the Kalari centre, then in Croissy-sur-Seine, hosted by the Morel family, and last in Fontainebleau, hosted by Dominique Constantin; the exhibitions are going well.
It is always the opportunity to meet outspoken people and exchange around fashion, India and the best cookies recipes!

Naima, an amazing bharat natyam dancer came with us to bring to a close each day of sale!

Here some snapshots of this busy but sunny weekend!

Ganesh at Kalari 7
Ganesh at Kalari 7
The exhibition
The exhibition
The scarf bar
The scarf bar
Accessories
Accessories
Clip 5
Clip 5
Clip 3
Clip 3
Small notebooks made by Auroville papers
Small notebooks made by Auroville papers
Clothes taking a sunbath
Clothes taking a sunbath
Accessories
Accessories
Accessories
Accessories
Notebooks and Kantha scarves
Notebooks and Kantha scarves
Nice and sunny chatty time with Melissa
Nice and sunny chatty time with Melissa
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing
Naima performing