Where does the name SoulSilk come from?
The name has a connection to a dear childhood friend of mine that I lost to cancer about two years ago. I realised that life was a little too short to not do what I love and start painting again.
What is the ethos behind SoulSilk?
The ethos behind the company is to keep it one of a kind. Hand-painted and hand-made. I’m not a big believer in mass-produced products and fast fashion where you wear something for a season and throw it away.
The whole idea of SoulSilk is that each piece that I make becomes your identity, you can use it to enhance whatever you feel is your style. You’ve got this piece of painted silk and it’s something you can relate to and can keep for the rest of your life. You can put it on with anything, any time, it doesn’t matter what season you’re in.
What first interested you in a creative career?
As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, Meher Contractor, who was a puppeteer and a painter herself. She used to paint on saris back in the day as well as teaching puppetry and creating beautiful leather shadow puppets.
She was my first point of contact when it came to art. She taught me the basics of watercolours, and taught me very strictly to never ever use an eraser! Because if you are going to erase you will make the same mistake again.
Her idea was; if you were drawing a line and it wasn’t right, put it aside and start again. That has come in very handy today because when you paint on silk you’re not allowed any mistakes. If you make a mistake that piece is gone, or you get creative and change the design.