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

Takla Makan on tour! Step 2: Nantes with Fonds du coeur

Takla Makan was in Nantes for the launching party for the NGO “Fonds du Coeur” (literally “funds from the heart”), created by Nathalie , one of our guardian angels.

Nathalie welcomed us at her place, 2-3 days before the event for a private sale. The atmosphere was joyful and altruistic!
We gave back 15% of each sale to “Fonds du coeur” to support the project. Nevertheless, we would love to be able to do much more, for this incredible project and lady, to whom we owe a lot!

Vente Nantes

Here few lines about this NGO:
loo fonds du coeur
The main project of “Fonds du coeur” is to finance a day care center for Pondichery’s street kids. The center welcomes every day 40 kids aged from 1 to 6 years old.

The Day care center offers a day shelter to these children, who live in though conditions in the streets. The center helps them to grow in a good and safe structure and gives them some hope.
“Fonds du Coeur” supports, by this financial help, the well-settled NGO Sharana Social and Development Organisation, in Pondicherry.

If you wish to support “Fonds du coeur” and Sharana:
– Make a donation for the center
– Become the godfather or godmother of these children with a annual donation of 204€ (meaning 17€/month). The contribution will be equally used for each child’s well-being (medical support, nutrition, pedagogical awareness, psychological support). .

Contact them at fondsducoeur@gmx.com

Thanks for your support!

Discover the Day Care center through this video (in French): https://vimeo.com/107768220<!–:fr–

A great project led by great people: Fonds du Coeur

Takla Makan is proud to introduce and be part of this amazing social project which give to these kids from the streets of Pondy the opportunity to get a better life, and hopefully a brighter future!

loo fonds du coeur
The main project of “Fonds du coeur” is to finance a day care center for Pondichery’s street kids. The center welcomes every day 40 kids aged from 1 to 6 years old.

The Day care center offers a day shelter to these children, who live in though conditions in the streets. The center helps them to grow in a good and safe structure and gives them some hope.
“Fonds du Coeur” supports, by this financial help, the well-settled NGO Sharana Social and Development Organisation, in Pondicherry.

If you wish to support “Fonds du coeur” and Sharana:
– Make a donation for the center
– Become the godfather or godmother of these children with a annual donation of 204€ (meaning 17€/month). The contribution will be equally used for each child’s well-being (medical support, nutrition, pedagogical awareness, psychological support). .

Contact them at fondsducoeur@gmx.com

Thanks for your support!

Discover the Day Care center through this video (in French): https://vimeo.com/107768220

kid 2

The Takla Makan team off to Brussels to attend the Ethno-Tendances fair.

afficheLDThe trip started with a really nice Indian night at the Collectif “Au Quai”, with a Fashion Show (thanks to the last-minute models: Francesca, Helene, Ninon and Caro!) and a beautiful bharat natyam show with Naima.
The night carried on with a concert with Sitardust and ended on the dancefloor thanks to DJ Sofa!
Thanks to all the collectif team for this warm welcome in Belgium!

Mandala workshop
Mandala workshop
SO cosy
SO cosy
Blossoming Backstage
Blossoming Backstage
Need a push?
Need a push?
SO peaceful
SO peaceful
Catwalk
Catwalk
Catwalk final
Catwalk final
Naima
Naima
Naima 2
Naima 2

 

Then, Takla Makan set up camp at the prestigious Tour & Taxis for the Ethno-tendances fair. Great catwalks and nice meetings there.

The stall
The stall
Best Outfits
Best Outfits
Accessories
Accessories
Clips tree
Clips tree
Buttons clips
Buttons clips
Silk flowers
Silk flowers
Small gifts
Small gifts
Necklaces
Necklaces
Accessories tree
Accessories tree

 

Thanks to all our Belgian friends who came to see us, and welcome to all our new friends in the Takla Makan family!

Takla Makan mode éthique, atelier Navasarjan

A Way With You: an inspiring human project

Navasarjan Pvt Ltd is the commercial entity of the Belgian NGO “A WAY WITH YOU” (AWWY). Established and active in Tamil Nadu for 12 years, it has been striving over for the health, the education and the emancipation of Indian women.

To help AWWY, the workers produce design simple accessories in cotton like bags, pockets, potholders, etc. These small accessories are sold as Christmas gifts in Belgium, procuring extra revenues for the association.

Small pockets made by Navasarjan for AWWY
Small pockets made by Navasarjan for AWWY

Aware of the global economic situation, the ethical workshop offers its services to young designers to help them launching their own creations. The workshop is at their disposal to produce woven samples and/or their entire lines of collection. The team is trained to perform precise, high-quality and hand-made work. Please note that they do not have equipment to work with cotton jerseys.

They are also able to produce promotional bags, screen-printed with a logo or any other writings/ patterns. These printed cotton bags can contribute to build or reinforce one’s brand image, and add a green value to it. Here some examples of what we are able to produce:

Please contact them directly for more information: info@awwy.org

Sales bags
Sale bags samples

Marie-Véronique de Fontbaré is managing Navasarjan and A Way With You with all her heart and care. Her goodwill and energy are truly contagious.

AWWY AWWY initiates projects in local communities, working in a individual way, in order to empower people, enhance their self esteem and create a sense of belonging. Locally, their active presence allows them to identify the needs and difficulties and to spot the talents of individuals.

They fight poverty without any judgment, respecting local religions, cultures and traditions. Any action is always taken with the aim to help families become self-sufficient.

Their strengths: providing micro-credits, education and professional training to any interested people!
* By allowing micro-credit (between 150 and 200 €) to women who want to start an activity which generates an income.
* By educating the 5-17 year old, supporting vocational and university students.
* By giving a professional training to the youths.
* By managing tailoring workshops in Pondicherry and in rural areas.

Their action goes beyond simple assistance. They integrate projects into the local economy so that the impoverished may flourish and enable themselves to stand on their own two feet.

Fanny, an inspiring young dancer

fanny portrait
Fanny Wiard fell in love with Bharatanatyam as a child. The incredible richness and depth of this demanding dance fascinated her instantly!

She started her training with Kalpana in Paris, whose generous yet rigorous teaching encouraged her to go and learn this traditional art at its source, in India. Therefore, she has been living in Chennai for the past 2 years where she is training under Kalaimamani Kuttalam Selvam and Sangeeta Isvaran for Abhinaya (face expression).
Curious, she is also learning Carnatic singing and Kalari to complement her dance practice.

Creative and full of enthusiam, she is now excelling at telling stories with her eyes and grace.

Melissa coupant une magnifique soie violette pour un top "Kazar"

Summer collection 2015 in the making!

The summer collection 2015 is in the making, with a handful of smiles and this season a real purple fever!!!

Melissa coupant une magnifique soie violette pour un top "Kazar"
Melissa cutting a precious purple Silk for a “Kazar top”
c'est le sourire de la fièvre violette!
It’s the purple fever smile!
difficile de travailler au patronnage avec ce petit coquin alentour!
Difficult to work on patterning with this little devil around!
Parameshvari s'attelle au sampling de la robe Romantique
Parameshvari doing the first sample of the Romantique dress
la gradation de la robe "romantique" dans un rayon de soleil :-)
“Romantique” dress pattern, in a ray of light
les cahiers en cours de création: sélection des couleurs dans les chûtes de soie
notebooks in the making: selecting colors
C'est la souriante Renuka qui brode les séries de carnets
It’s smiling Renuka who embroiders the series of notebooks
tout un lot d'écharpes brodées main réalisées avec les chûtes de la collection
A whole new lot of hand embroidered scarves made from left overs of the collection
Shengabavalli cous précautionneusement les bords des écharpes brodées main
Shengabavalli is carefully stitching the edges of the hand embroidered scarves

Takla Makan at T Mode Fair in Paris !

Takla Makan expose au salon T MODE pendant le Grand Marché de l'Art et de la Création à Paris
Takla Makan expose au salon T MODE pendant le Grand Marché de l’Art et de la Création à Paris

Friends from Paris, come and see us during the fair! Ethical fashion will be all over the place! Clothes, accessories, colors and ethic for summer 2016!
Grand Marché de l’Art et de la Création à Paris.

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