Hatke (hut-kay, means “a little different”) co-designs individually handcrafted products with artisans to create contemporary connections to age-old crafts and traditions. They strive to promote and celebrate the vast array of skill and talent that exists in handmade textile industries to create joyful and thoughtful products. They promote conscious and slow fashion, and are striving to increase our use materials that are conscious of the environment.
Shop and support Hatke at the Chicago Artisan Market in Fulton Market on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago). Discover top Chicago & Midwest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
The Hatke collections celebrate century-old techniques like blockprinting, shibori dyeing, and weaving. Hatke value sustainable practices through our use of natural fibers and dyes. Each product is individually made and is a labor of love and talent, with each scarf taking an average of two weeks to create. Each scarf is approximately 75″ long x 20″ wide.
India contains a plethora of ancient handcrafted artforms and traditions that for centuries, have influenced fashion and culture. However, with the onset of machines and their speed and efficiency, these crafts have been severely threatened. Hatke values the handmade, boasting of slight imperfections, artisans’ unique skills, rich stories and history. They believe this is what makes each piece of fabric unique … it’s what makes it hatke.
Who is behind Hatke?
As a mother-daughter team, Hatke began as an exploration of their own relation to their cultures and traditions. They are fortunate to call two very different countries their home – India and the United States. Years ago, the duo started to wonder how they could connect their two cultures and bring the unique crafts and skills they were seeing across the globe.
India is an amazingly diverse and abundant country with several dimensions. Bright and deep colors, cultures, and people define India and their mission is to find accessible ways to showcase it. Hatke wants to make the unfamiliar, familiar and share the knowledge and stories they have been collecting.
The Hatke team designs their products directly with artisans, ensuring that they are contributing directly to their talent and livelihood, and ultimately increasing economic opportunities for them.