meet our makers

ash white empowers the maker and positively supports their livelihood.

consciously building relationships with everyone involved in the development process.

honesty, longevity, respect

‘each garment holds a story,

look closely at the yarn

and the seams

and trace each stitch

back to hands like your own’

Ansar Ahmed Ansari

pattern maker

Name: Ansar Ahmed Ansari

Age: 30 yrs

Home Town: Uttar Pradesh

Resides: Kurla in Mumbai

Education: Studied until X Standard

From the age of 16 years Ansar began learning how to operate sewing machines under the guidance of his father. From straight lockstitch sewing to button machines he quickly learnt how to construct a variety of garments and wanted to expand his skill set to pursue more fruitful opportunities.
He undertook a course in pattern making and relocated to Mumbai in 2015 for better employment opportunities in pattern making.
Ansar enjoys living in Mumbai and is married with one child. He is the support system for his family and parents and has immense pride in his work. Ansar finds ash white garments to be challenging yet rewarding and often mentors his fellow colleagues in constructing garments.

Alka Dinesh Padtare

seamstress

Name: Alka Dinesh Padtare

Age: 40 years

Home Town: Mahahrashtra

Resides :Halau Pool Kurla, Mumbai

Education: Studied until IV Standard

Alka is a shy woman who takes a lot of responsibility for ash white production. Her past job was in cable manufacturing and she is married with a daughter who is now studying. Alka was especially happy to join the Eurostyles family as she use to do needlework with her mother when she was young.
Alka felt excited to see foreigners coming to the factory and was especially pleased when Ash asked to have a photo with her. Her hopes are to learn how to work the specialised machines such as the overlock and kaj (button) machine.

Mohomed Naushad Alam

machinist

Name: Mohomed Naushad Alam

Age: 20 years

Home Town: Bihar

Resides: Kurla in Mumbai

Education: Studied until VII Standard

Naushad is the cheeky young buck of the team and has been stitching since 17 years of age.
Before joining the factory in Mumbai he worked in Delhi for 8 months at a Salwar Suit Factory.
He is finding ash white garments interesting and challenging and feels proud to be stitching garments which will be sold in Australia and the world.

Yussuf Khan Pathan

master pattern maker

Name: Yussuf Khan Pathan

Age: 38 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 10th Standard

Yussuf is the master pattern maker at Indigenous Apparels. Most refer to him as Master and he is often caught with a pencil behind his ear and a concentration face as he works away at drafting patterns and instructing the tailors how to sew the pattern together.

He was born in Ahmedabad and learnt master tailoring at a local school. He is constantly learning and asking questions on fit and finishing requirements to ensure all ash white products are made to the highest degree. He is a joy to be around and brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the team.

Mehboob Khan Pathan

master tailor

Name: Mehboob Khan Pathan

Age: 44 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 10th Standard

Mehboob is the most experienced and advanced tailor we work with and he learnt all of his skills on his own. He experienced trouble trying to find someone to teach him the skill of tailoring and sewing so he decided to start learning on his own.

He was born in Ahmedabad and is the most advanced tailor at the factory, and is often helping the other tailors understand the complexities of garments such as jackets. He has a mischievous smile and his hand pleating is absolutely divine.

Himanshu Chawda

machinist

Name: Himanshu Chawda

Age: 23 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 8th Standard

Himanshui is a tailor at our manufacturer in Ahmedabad and is a valuable member of the team. He is shy at first and is often working really hard in the background. He comes from a family of tailors and is quick to learn new skills.

Vaishnavi Bhen

seamstress and hand-work

Name: Vaishnavi Bhen

Age: 35 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 10th Standard

Vaishnavi is a seamstress at our manufacturer in Ahmedabad and performs a lot of work by hand for embroidery and finishing techniques. She learnt all her skills with the manufacturer itself and by learning from her work colleagues. Vaishnavi is shy and a studious worker and her friendship with Divya is evident as they work closely together on many projects and often leave together in the evenings.

Divya Panchal

seamstress and hand-work

Name: Divya Panchal

Age: 40 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 10th Standard

Divya is a seamstress at our manufacturer in Ahmedabad and performs a lot of work by hand for embroidery and finishing techniques. She learnt all her skills with the manufacturer itself and by learning from her work colleagues. Divya is always smiling and loves working with Vaishnavi. They have a great relationship and are the only females who work within our Manufacturers headquarters. A lot of our other women makers work from home with their own equipment which gives them the freedom to balance other duties around the home.

Arjun Bhai

machinist

Name: Arjun Bhai

Age: 35 years

Home Town: Dsasada, Gujarat

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 10th Standard

Arjun comes from a small village in Gujarat (the same village as Naresh) and he learnt tailoring to better his chances at securing work in Ahmedabad. His persona is fun and playful and posed for many photos when Ash was visiting, making the iconic peace symbol with his fingers. He works closely with Mehboob and his skills are growing to include more detailed tailoring such as jackets and fine pleating.

Aadil Shaikh

machinist

Name: Aadil Shaikh

Age: 22 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 8th Standard

Aadil is a machinist at our manufacturer in Ahmedabad and is a quiet man who works hard and learns well. He learned the skills of tailoring and sewing from his cousins after he had to leave school after an accident which impaired his learning. Aadil is the youngest in the team and shows great determination in learning new sewing skills.

Aadil Ansari

head of operations

Name: Aadil Ansari

Age: 39 years

Home Town: Ahmedabad

Resides: Ahmedabad

Education: Studied until 12th Standard

Aadil is a man with a wealth of tailoring and manufacturing knowledge. He first learnt of the fashion business through his mother who is an expert embroidery artist and who occasionally still sits up late at night stitching embroidery designs by hand. Aadil quickly developed an eagerness to learn the trade and over time learned a range of different skills from tailoring, hand embroidery, natural dyeing and complete production.

Aadil is very passionate about skills training and employer support, Ash and he had open, honest discussions about the current climate of fashion and how important it is to know who is making your clothes and how they are treated. Unfortunately there is not a large proportion of people in this trade who acknowledge their employees and there is still a great deal of corruption. However, Aadil is confident he is making a positive impact on his employees lives and he ensures their welfare is considered in every business decision.

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