For the Spring 2019 season, Emily Adams Bode explores the Indo-Canadian familial history of her longtime collaborator Aaron Aujla. Our 100% cotton tee is inspired by the souvenir shirts of India that you can still find today scattered through the street markets. The Bode studio screenprinted these soft cotton shirts in Brooklyn in sizes XS-XXL. This run of tees is the pre-release of the SS19 collection.
About the collection:
Equipped with a fake passport, Aujla’s grandfather left Northern India for Canada in the 1920’s, leaving behind his young bride and newborn daughter. He worked in British Columbia for the next 18 years, all while mailing money back to his family. After Indian independence the Aujla family would be reunited in their new home in Canada, where their traditional Indian roots would meld with their new British-Canadian surroundings. This cultural balance influenced the season’s rugby uniforms, traditional suits made from domestic handwoven toweling from India, and waffle-weave shirts alongside the many references and reproductions of Bengalese embroidery.
Bode continues to reinvigorate American menswear through the act of storytelling. This season, the collection focuses on a historically significant fabric: Khadi — the hand-spun natural cotton cloth, often created inside the home. After Ghandi lead the movement to domestically manufacture cloth and clothing from Indian yarns in the late 1940’s, the textile quickly became a worldwide symbol of peaceful resistance and freedom. Throughout the show, cotton, linen, and silk fabric is screen printed with graphics common in government subsidized mills and embroidered with traditional Indian designs. The lightweight Khadi fabric, ideal for India’s arid temperatures lends itself to a range of summer suiting and silk lame trimmed pajama sets.
Aujla — and his partner Benjamin Bloomstein of Green River Project LLC — created a collection of furniture reminiscent of India using traditional Indian techniques and materials, evoking the domestic narrative of Bode’s spring collection. The furniture includes bamboo and cord chairs, dressing screens stretched in Bode textiles, as well as club chairs and love seats inspired by Satyajit Ray’s 1966 film “Nayak”.