From rich smells of incense burning to aromatic spices, opulent saris to glittering jewellery, India will stimulate your senses unlike any other place on the planet.
So it comes as no surprise that Paul Ropp found part of his inspiration in the midst of the crazy, unpredictable yet deeply engulfing streets of India. India is the cradle of humanity and the wellspring of civilisation, it will breath a new life into your lungs in a life altering way. Paul saw the beauty in the people, the music and the dancing that surrounded him during the 70’s and walked away with a true vision to create clothes that are not only wearable but “magnificent heirloom treasures”.
Paul Ropp wanted to maintain Mahatma Ghandi’s vision of making one’s own clothes and inheriting one’s ancestral profession in order to solve modern problems. By building his foundation in a number of villages in India, Paul wants the native people to know that “they can stay at home in their villages and earn a good living”. All of his fabrics, ranging from silks, wools and cottons are hand dyed and loomed with extreme care and attention to detail by the local people.
The invisible element of human creativity in his designs breathes life into the clothing. His fabrics are so rich in colour and movement that you can almost hear the loom’s shuttle and comb that gives birth to Paul Ropp’s designs. The colours, textures and patterns within each garment bring a sense of energy and timeless beauty to the wearer.
Through preserving Ghandi’s vision, Paul Ropp has created a sustainable company, one based on community effort and authenticity. His “fabrics are not made by mills, but by people”. Therefore every time somebody puts on a Paul Ropp garment, they are supporting that reality.
It isn’t everyday that you get to wear a unique piece of clothing that is hand-made
in a village in India by its people with the utmost care, authenticity and passion.