In a true sign of class, elegance is not only in the style one wears, but in the quality and sophistication that comes along with it. Stree strives to bring that sophistication through unparalleled craftsmanship, while keeping the prices affordable. Here’s a look into how we make things and what makes Stree unique:
Dori embroidery is a 3-dimensional embroidery technique originating in India, where threads are laid out in patterns and couched in place. An ancient art that was used for the royal families during the Mughal period, it was a highly sought after craft in the pursuit of garment embellishment. In this collection, we’ve twisted multiple threads together by hand and applied them to our garments for subtle, yet sophisticated raised effect. These intricate, yet delicate floral patterns were inspired by the engravings of the world famous Taj Mahal, and with experienced craftspeople embroidering each garment, it ensures that no two pieces are alike and is kept to the highest standard possible.
The art of Dori embroidery has existed for many centuries. It was first popularized by the beautiful and talented women of the Indian subcontinent, whose embroidery embellished complete quilts, bed sheets and clothing.
The process includes pulling threads over an appliquéd piece to make it look like pleats; hence the name – Dori Embroidery!
This technique is a way to customize clothing that never wears off. The decorative stitching imparts the fabrics this soft sheen, which was impossible to achieve using other techniques.
These one-of-a-kind eclectic garments with Dori Embroidery will certainly be a head-turner at your next outing.
The Dori needlework technique has an optical holographic finish that appears to have depth and texture when applied to fabric, as demonstrated in towels with layered or raised seams. The product feels soft, but is very durable, with qualities enduring for a long time.
The Dori embroidery technique is a time-consuming process that demands patience, knowledge and years of practice. It is usually stitched as an appliqué to cover the running stitch, which if not stitched properly yields a maze of embroidery threads.
Stree sets itself apart by using finest fabrics like Chanderi silk, silk organza, high quality cotton/linen and viscose.
Neena Pandey, the creator of Stree, has a masters degree in Garment Manufacturing Technology from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, India. She understands the interplay of fabric and garment and aspires to provide high-quality and contemporary casual and formal garments that utilize fabrics that are both soft and breathable and have an outstanding quality that lasts a long time.
A mix of silk and cotton gives you the best of both worlds: the luxurious feel of silk, with the breathability of cotton. The combination of cotton and silk adds an exceptional sense of quality to the garment. The result is a lightweight fabric that is soft, breathable, feels premium, and lasts a long time.
Chanderi silk is a lightweight fabric known for its luxurious and soft hand-feel. It is produced in its namesake town in the Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh, where centuries-old techniques are used in its weaving processes. Its subtle sheen and transparency have earned its title of “woven air”, a nod to how light it can be. Breathability and a good drape are key aspects of this lustrous fabric and as a cotton and silk blend, this textile has long-lasting durability and strength while retaining the delicate, smooth feel against skin.
Chanderi silk has a charming shine and is also light-weight, yet not sheer, making it perfect for summer and for winter.
Traditionally Chanderi was spun from wild goats hair, giving it its soft texture and the ability to have a sheen. The technique has been handed down in India through generations with each family’s own twist to the way the threads are crafted.
As the 1960s rolled around, demand for Chanderi silk increased. During the tropical summers, the upper class wanted comfortable, lightweight clothing that still looked elegant. The rise in demand caused weavers to combine new colors and weaving techniques so they could create modern, yet functional apparel.
Cotton is a natural fiber that is known for its versatility and the ability to be worn in delicate as well as heavy weight fabrics.
Due to its natural fibers, cotton is excellently breathable and light in weight. This fabric’s absorbent qualities combined with its easy-to-clean nature makes it ideal for clothing, whether they are on their own or blended with other fibers like silk.
Cotton have a reputation for being able to drape smoothly without looking heavy which is precisely why they have become popular in creating high fashion garments meant to hang from the shoulders rather than be draped down the body.
Stree’s Organza is the embodiment of everything that we love about summer. Light, airy fabrics like silk can offer a sense of relief from overheating in our steamiest months; this lightweight fabric does just that with its softness and delicacy. Organza fabric is characterized by an open weave so light shines through it easily and creates a soft, delicate feeling on skin because its threads are finer than most woven fabrics.
The delicate, organza fabric has a unique beauty that is incomparable to other fabrics. Organza is extremely popular for wedding gowns and evening wear as it has a translucent and shimmery quality which creates decadent silhouettes. This makes wearing Organza a dream come true for many women around the world.
Viscose is a lightweight material with a nice drape, a lustrous finish, and a soft feel. It is an extremely lightweight and absorbent, which makes it a great choice for blouses and dresses.
For many centuries, fabric was made from more than just cotton and wool. A unique feature of viscose is that it can be manufactured out of anything like bamboo, pine, or eucalyptus! Instead of using petroleum-derived fibers, the technique uses trees grown on plantations.
Viscose enables us to use natural wood-derived materials found on our planet to create a higher-quality product with unique properties, as opposed to achieving the same with synthetics.