Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go.' ~ Lisa St. Aubin De Teran
Tulasii was born from a lifetime of travel.
As a travel writer for over a decade, I've always wanted to bring the world home with me in a tangible way – and Tulasii was dreamed up doing exactly that. I was halfway through an epic trip across Rajasthan, India, in March 2017, when we had a crazy, beautiful, chaotic encounter with some block printers in the small artisan community of Bagru on the outskirts of Jaipur. I loved every bit of that day – the natural dye on my skin, the rush of creating something from the earth, working alongside artisans using time honoured tradition and skill. I wanted to bring it all home with me and continue the story.
And it's the story that inspires everything we do.
We've since begun working with those very same artisans in Bagru on a range of block print textiles, starting with beautiful organic cotton scarves that double as travel wraps, wall hangings or bed throws. We have a range of block print cushions in the works, too.
And our longtime love affair with India has also taken us to Jodhpur, where we have begun working with Saheli Women, an ethical fashion social enterprise run by the incredible grassroots nonprofit IPHD in the village of Bhikamkor, rural Rajasthan, India, for our soon-to-be-released collection of loungewear. Saheli Women employs 20 rural women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance coverage and a safe work environment free from gender, religious and caste discrimination. It's an incredible venture run by incredible people, and we look forward to sharing their story, and ours, with our Tulasii tribe as we go.
Other pieces from our collection have been lovingly gathered en route – treasures from our travels with a tale to tell, from the textiles and antique jewellery of the nomadic Banjara and the Rabari tribes of the Great Rann of Kutch in India, the kilims and Berber motifs of Morocco and the hand-hewn arts and crafts of Indonesia and beyond.
We're all about community, and bringing together wanderers who not only want to follow our journey but to share in each other's stories. It's about slow, authentic travel – finding beauty in the chaos, gold amongst the dust, and the memories we make along the way.
This is just the beginning of our story.
With love, Nat
~ Tulasii ~