WORDS: CAMILLE SOULOS-RAMSAY
Did you realise your underwear could be healthy? No, before I found out about Monsoon Blooms, neither did I.
Having recently settled in India to start a life with their newborn son Cypress, husband and wife Krishna and Samantha Kamala wanted to build a business with purpose. But to proudly call that business their own, they would need it to be both ethical and sustainable, and to connect their new family with Krishna’s Indian heritage.
It was from their dedication and commitment to these ideals that Monsoon Blooms came into fruition. Crafted by their workers in Southern India, who are paid enough to ‘thrive, not survive’, Monsoon Blooms’ 100% organic cotton underwear line is coloured with ancient Ayurvedic medicinal plant dyes, which are as good for the planet as they are for you.
I spoke with Samantha and Krishna about their journey to becoming Ayurvedic underwear connoisseurs.
WORDS & PHOTOS: SAMANTHA KAMALA
It's the pride and joy of the Monsoon Blooms operation; a few wooden houses amidst the forests of Kerala dedicated to growing medicinal plants, dyeing fabrics and weaving cotton by traditional handloom. When asked how long they've been using plants to dye cloth, the owners tell us simply, "over 10,000 years. This was the work of our forefathers." Their knowledge and passion is simply unimaginable, and these photos don't nearly do it justice.