"I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. As a child, I remember going frequently with my parents to Ganeshpuri--a temple village a few hours from home. I loved participating in temple rituals there, and I was in awe of the natural environment surrounding the village, so different than the city. Over the years, I grew up, married, had children and worked in our family business. Still, in the back of my mind, I craved to work with nature and natural materials.
In 2006, I started Adiv with 2 pots in a kitchen to reconstruct for myself the ancient Indian folk art of natural dyeing. Though it wasn’t yet a business, I hoped to re-introduce the concept of natural colors to young people from the nearby areas of East Andheri. These people have nearly lost any connection to nature thus becoming disconnected to their own Indian textile heritage. I endeavored to do natural dyeing in its purest form. I knew we could revive the folk tradition in a modern world within a contemporary context, while staying faithful to nature.
By 2008, the Temple Dye Project and Temple Blessings Textiles were born; the idea probably incubating somewhere in my mind from childhood. I began to create dyes and prints with cast-off, blessed temple flowers found in Mumbai. These flowers are how many in the city area understand nature. I wanted to honor that urban connection to nature and to the temple, and to enable the blessings of the flowers flow into the universe". –Rupa Trivedi
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