Mandish Kalsi

Textile Sourcing

Ajrakh printing 

Ajrakh printing 

Textile Sourcing & Consulting

As a Field Manager/coordinator, I work to build relationships with Textile artisans and suppliers around India, conducting thorough site visits and coordinating and overseeing production, in an ethical manner. My focus is to coordinate artisan communities in India with designers who find it difficult to navigate the industry. Over the past year I have worked with US company, Rove + Weft, to build their production base with suppliers around India - ensuring quality and timely deliveries. With my background and knowledge in Design and Textiles, I am well aware of processes and I can provide thoughtful insight. My role goes beyond just management. With my network growing in India, I am able to coordinate projects in various crafts ranging from weaving, block printing, dyeing to embroideries.  

 
Indigo dyeing 

Indigo dyeing 

Block printing 

Block printing 

 

The key is good communication and the fostering of relationships. India is a country of tradition and community work, it can be difficult to work with people one doesn't know, as there tends to be distrust by artisans towards foreign clients. I am responsible in building comfortable working relationships with these artisans, whereby i become the face of the foreign client and a reference point for the artisans to ensure trust in the collaboration.  I become a part of the process, delving into projects on the ground to ensure quality control and satisfaction. My knowledge of Hindi and cultural norms is a great advantage in the industry, that along with my understanding of contemporary western sensibilities, I make for an ideal candidate to manage projects for foreign clients.

 
Shibori / Tie-dye 

Shibori / Tie-dye 

Weaving

Weaving

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Hand embroidery

Hand embroidery

 

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