Umoya is a nonprofit enterprise that specialises in Shibori, a traditional Japanese dyeing technique. It aims to create elegant and eye-catching designs that keep abreast with current trends and colour pallets. Umoya was founded in 2007 and since then the brand has constantly been trying out new techniques and expanding their product line.
The beauty of using a traditional technique like Shibori, is that there is always an element of surprise, since the process cannot be totally controlled. Each piece is unique, and cannot be duplicated. It is wonderful to know and witness a creation born of the collaborative efforts of the materials used, and the artist. The process involved is so unique and challenging that the piece created truly has a life of its own.
Umoya aims to enable livelihood for the women around Kambipura, Karnataka, India, while at the same time providing a space where one could constantly learn new techniques, and apply it to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Skill development is of utmost importance to Umoya, and they are constantly learning how to make different products, all the while pushing their boundaries of what is possible with a traditional technique like Shibori.