Nila meaning ‘blue’ in Sanskrit is a charitable initiative, spearheaded by the Lady Bamford Foundation and dedicated to honouring and preserving the natural dye and handloom traditions of rural India. The initiative offers a platform for artistic exchange, innovation and education but also a space for creativity, cultural exchange and the crafting of hand-made textiles. Like Bamford, Nila shares a passion for sustainable production, natural fibres, protecting the soil and keeping traditional handicraft skills alive.
At the heart of Nila is the colour indigo, a shade that reflects devotion, wisdom, integrity and sincerity. And the indigo dye that is characteristic in so many of its arresting blue textile work is indigenous to India, carefully grown, fermented and extracted from the indigofera tinctoria plant, and celebrated for over 4000 years.