Who we are:
SUNDAY/MONDAY is a textile brand created by Nisha Mirani and Brendan Kramer in 2017. We partner directly with weavers and block printers in India to create bandanas, scarves, and home textiles that celebrate Indian craft traditions, color, and nature with minimal impact on the environment. Our work is informed by the manual processes we work with and the rich design histories of our respective Indian and Japanese heritages.
How we got started:
Growing up, Nisha regularly visited family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where she was exposed to the region’s vast textile heritage. As a second generation business owner and the daughter of Gujarati immigrants, she dreamed of starting a business rooted in community and craft. When Nisha first visited and chatted with local weavers in Kutch, they voiced their concern about the future of their livelihoods. Over hot cups of chai, this evolved into a larger discussion about a mutual interest in bringing local handwoven textiles to a larger market.
How we work with our textile partners in India:
SUNDAY/MONDAY partners directly with weaving families in Gujarat and a block printing community in Rajasthan to make our textiles. We do not work with any factories or middlemen. Other than some of our hand woven rugs designed by our weavers, SUNDAY/MONDAY textiles are designed in New York by Nisha and Brendan and are informed by traditional Indian motifs. As a second generation Indian immigrant, it is very important to Nisha to honor and credit the textile traditions established by local communities. The designs are then shared with the weavers or block printers in India, who provide valuable input and craft the products by hand in India.
We visit India once a year to collaborate and prototype with our group of textile artists and to ensure safe and comfortable working conditions. Otherwise, we keep in touch long distance using Whatsapp for phone calls, photos and feedback. You can learn more about these choices here. Our textile partners are mainly made up families and communities, and all have learned their crafts through knowledge passed down in their families. They set their own wages and working hours.
We only work with high quality, natural materials to ensure a long lifetime for our textiles and to minimize environmental harm. We avoid synthetic fabrics and use either natural dyes or AZO-free nontoxic dyes.
SUNDAY / MONDAY comes from a phrase used in India to indicate the duality of textiles. Oftentimes, an Indian textile is reversible, with a different pattern or color scheme on the other side. In a practical sense, textiles can be multi-functional - serving as art, rugs, or throws.