huemn edition4 02

EDITION 04

The Ramie Project

India is land of paradoxes. A melting pot of ancient cultures that has simmered for thousands of years to create society, as we know it today. Just below the surface, a young and dynamic republic bubbles, threatening to spill over.

The reality of India is on the streets.

It is where life is, where community thrives; where small victories take precedence over larger tribulations and princes and paupers co-exist. The streets are a reflection of our culture and lifestyle, our diversity, our historical journey and our adamant attempt to be self-sufficient.

Often, while walking through these streets, I find myself in a predicament over whether I should run through at breakneck speed to keep up with the pace of life here or whether I should tread carefully and soak in the sights and sounds of this measured chaos and let it overwhelm me.

This paradox forms the narrative of our photostory that takes us from lazy afternoons and made-up children’s’ games to unusual artists, workplaces and communities through the journey of a curious traveler.

Within this project, we explore the maiden journey of one of the oldest textile fibers in the world through one of the oldest civilizations of the world, effectively throwing open the windows to life on Indian streets in 2018. If you look carefully, you will find our protagonist- a square piece of fabric.

Welcome to India, Ramie.
Bienvenue en Inde.

The Ramie Project was a collaboration between the Meghalaya Govt- who cultivated the fiber, the French embassy- who expressed interest in showcasing it and 15 designers who came together under the collective project vision of Hemant Sagar.
Creative direction: Pranav Mishra, Shyma Shetty
Photos: Aman Aftab, Gillpreet, Mehak Sandhu, Nandini Maheshwari, Ramneek Narula, Rishabh Batra, Simran Kurani