September 25 2020
We are proud to bring the Ek'nama Stationery range exclusively to the Australian audience!
The Ek'nama Stationery product range is completely handmade, created from waste cotton fabric and designed to establish a profound conversation between you and the natural world. These items have been created as the perfect gift inspiration, whether for a colleague at work, a loved one or even yourself. There is nothing better than igniting the spark to write your story, after all.
Ek’nama is the coming together of two languages, where Ek is One (Hindi) and Nama is Story (Urdu). Yet it is much more than that. It is a word that cuts through all religions, castes and systems; it is representative of the soul, where an individual is more than just a cluster of bones and muscles and blood, but a story.
That story could be a yarn of dreams. It could be a story of friendship, hope, survival or even failure. Whatever the story, Ek’nama believes it is worth telling. More than that… they believe it’s worth living. That is the essence of Ek’nama.
Ek’nama is an intimate, forward-thinking business which values authenticity, humbleness and the inherent potential in sustainable design. Their aspiration is to continue growing alongside their community, exploring new and innovative product ranges that celebrate the skill of the artists.
The Ek’nama Ideology
The Ek’nama ideology centres on environmental sustainability. To them, this means the ability to sustain - both supporting natural environments to regenerate, and also the ability of people to be in control of their living conditions and quality of life.
To Ek’nama, sustainability does not merely mean taking some vague form of ‘responsibility’; they believe it is an inherent requirement that all of humanity should prioritise. One way they integrate sustainability into their internal structures is once again through their manufacturing processes. Each product included in the Ek’nama range is made from a material previously castoff or considered useless, repurposed and transformed into items of true value.
About the Ek'nama Founders
Just like the word Ek’nama is a coming together of two languages, the faces behind the brand are likewise a wonderful collaboration of two souls, Ishani Vashishta and Yawar Khan. Ishani is a Textiles Craft Product Designer, whilst Yawar Khan is a Software Engineer by profession, in addition to an art lover and enthusiast. Yet it was their mutual love for handicrafts and colourful, enriched culture that birthed the beginning of Ek’nama.
Coming from two different cultures and backgrounds, the union between Ishani and Yawar reflects the core value of collaboration, connection and teamwork found at all levels of the Ek’nama brand.
"We are cultivating a garden together. A garden of wisdom, strength, part of this earth."
The Ek’nama Paper Making Process
Ek’nama utilises the fabrics and waste material discarded from domestic wardrobes, or left behind by industries during production, and makes these scraps the raw material for their handmade papermaking.
First, these fabrics and materials are finely ripped apart in uniquely designed machinery. Next, the scrap and other essential raw materials are soaked in water and ground to the point where this material is transformed into microfibres, until it is the desired consistency for further manipulation.
Following a period of grinding and mixing, a watery and mushy paper pulp is created, which almost looks like a cloud. It is free of any knots or strands, and in this raw form constitutes the base for the papermaking.
The pulp is then manually split onto a frame cum sieve, with any excess water drained, before being levelled into a thin layer by experienced artisans who know the exact desired thickness. This is then further covered with a loosely woven cotton cloth, which works like a separator between two sheets.
The stacked layers of paper are then compressed with a machine press. During this part of the process, water often gushes out the sides of the press to pour onto the floor and down the drain. This step forces the fibres into a really strong bond since most of the water has been extracted; this makes it easier to be picked up for further processing.
After all the excess water is extracted, the sheets are carefully stripped off layer by layer. At this point, the sheets are almost ready but remain somewhat damp, and therefore require more efficient air drying. The artisans manually hang the damp sheets for further drying, before the sheets are then flattened and prepared into thin crisp sheets.
After drying, the sheets are again manually placed by the artisans between heavy iron rollers. What comes out is delicate looking handmade paper, with deckle edges adorned with mesmerising textures.