Patch Over Patch
Patch over patch, as the name suggests is a sustainable fashion brand based out of Surat, that uses post-production waste to create upcycled clothing for women through different patchwork techniques. Founded by Kavisha Parikh, the brand re-invents itself every season by pushing the boundaries of patchwork to create contemporary conscious fashion for the modern woman. As a designer, she has always been intrigued by the relationship between colour and form - calling herself a visual composer & storyteller.
Kavisha’s love for upcycling goes as : Aesthetic + ethic (produced ethically) = upcycled.
When asked about the birth of Patch over patch she mentioned that “ I have always been in awe of the compositions formed when colours & textures come together - especially with respect to the diverse fabrics that can be collected as textile waste. So, I decided to solve that puzzle & arrange distinctive colours adjacent to one another to find meaningful design. The constraints of the process called up-cycling inspired me to go more into the depth of it which led to the origin of PatchOverPatch, where we don't believe in seasonal fashion but timeless pieces, originality of ideas & eco-friendly lifestyle.”
When asked about the design process Kavisha says “The process starts with visualising an idea, analysing the local textile waste and further hand selecting the fabrics. Each piece is a curated mix of fabrics and goes through different design cycles. We love exploring new surfaces made using these collected waste fabrics and also from the little pieces of our production waste.”
Our packaging is made from the fabric remnants of the menswear tailor shops. The design is such that it can be doubled up as a cushion cover.
Our approach is to source locally, using Surat's textile waste or Ahmedabad's textile waste. Our fabrics are hand selected from the left-over market or from manufacturers. We collect seasoned out fabrics, discarded fabrics, industry waste or tailor scraps. “Currently, we are developing a collection of tops by creating new surfaces using smaller remnants. This process involves creating the right composition from the fabric leftovers. It is a mix of layering, quilting, cutting, machine stitching and hand - stitching bits of these fabrics together. Each piece goes through a different design cycle, creating a unique approach. The process is sustainable as there's no use of water soluble plastic to combine the scraps” added Kavisha.
Kavisha started initially by launching the Kimono tops collection with different colour combination of patches on the same pattern. For me colour is the most vital element for a designer to have. What really intrigued me was to see how each person made this kimono their own by pairing it with different outfits. Those outfit revealed the power of colour and individuality. It was a huge success in the market. And so collectively it influences me to go further for the development of my brand.
Message to consumers:
The textile industry is a huge contributor to pollution and to decrease that impact, it is essential for designers to embrace upcycling by using their production waste. And also for the mass manufacturing factories, it would be more feasible if the waste is being used within the industry.