“In Jamaica, crochet is a craft that is still passed down from generation to generation, often from grandmothers and mothers to daughters. You see it everywhere – placemats and table runners in people’s homes, swimwear, blankets and hats ”-Rachel Scott, Diotima
“In Jamaica, crochet is a craft that is still passed down from generation to generation, often from grandmothers and mothers to daughters. You see it everywhere: doilies and table runners in homes, swimwear, blankets and hats. In the Rasta community, in particular, there is a special reverence for crochet hats and belts. Jamaican crafts aside, I always think about what fashion is from a Jamaican perspective. A bestseller is what Scott calls the “web top,” a traditional Jamaican crochet harness top in starched cotton. Recalling a spider’s web, this is an eminently romantic piece, skillfully subverting the codes of sartorial modesty.
“The possibilities are endless. You start with a single strand of running yarn and you can do it all with” —Aneeth Arora
Another, the Merchant skirt, sees the hook spreading like an ethereal cloud down one side. Collaboration and innovation also informs péro, the Delhi-based brand founded by Aneeth Arora, who started DIY crochet in 2015 and is known for its elegiac storytelling through tactile interpretations of hand-woven Indian textiles. Arora explains that one day, while walking in Delhi, she saw a woman with an unusually gorgeous crochet dupatta decorated with designs of birds and butterflies. Arora was so drawn to it that she started chatting with the woman, which resulted in a long-term collaboration with the Afghan refugee community in Delhi.
For Fall / Winter 2021-22, Arora wanted to push the boundaries with crochet, using neon infused “granny square” crochet inserts as an integral part of the construction of soft wool jackets and a reversible parka. in hand-woven merino wool with a crochet hood. . The upcoming Spring / Summer 2022 collection will feature crochet-covered pieces, including men’s shirts and dresses, for the women’s clothing collection. “They look like jaali,” says Arora, and are made from fine, crocheted silk thread, drawing on the historical anities of crochet with lace. (Some experts believe that the origins of crochet can be found in drumwork developed in 16th-century Europe, incorporating influences from Persian, Indian, and Chinese embroidery.) Arora was drawn to crochet because of its inherent versatility and of his predilections for the Silk Road. “The possibilities are endless. You start with a single strand of running yarn and you can do anything with it.”
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