Our signature dress in an earthy gold, dyed with Himalayan Rhubarb.
The perfect frock to take you through the seasons, in an exclusive resist printed design. Designed with a bit of structure and elegance around the shoulder. Roomy through the bicep, bust and upper back for movement, and of course - it has pockets. The handwoven fabric has a weighted silky feel due to the dye process, with a beautiful soft drape.
Our smock dress is equally at home paired with sandals and a straw hat for a summer stroll, barefoot on the beach, or boots and a cardigan for a classic cooler weather look. Excellent layering piece.
A hand drawn floral design with a butterfly motif, which was hand printed using a resist paste of gum arabica and lime in Ajrakhpur, Gujarat. The floral pattern with butterfly motif is exclusive to Rani & Reine, and was drawn by our founder, Sarah.
We've added a contrast hem, cuff and facing by incorporating our seed pod brown fabric, which was inspired by the earthy sheen of Gulmohar tree seed pods.
Where it all began: our first design, inspired by day dresses worn during our travels during the hot summer months in India in 2018. The first prototype for this dress was designed and hand stitched at our home in the Fall of 2018. It then passed through two pattern makers before making its way to India in 2021, where it was stitched into our first sample. Further minor adjustments were made to perfect the fit when we visited our manufacturing partners in March 2022.
This dress was designed to merge comfort with elegance, and to feature the beautiful custom made fabrics we incorporate into our designs. Tailored around the shoulders, with a beautiful drape over the bust, and a refined neckline that provides the flexibility to dress it up.
The print was inspired by a beautiful allamanda vine ( Bengali Ghonta Phool) and a Lemon Pansy Butterfly, both found one summer at our co-founder Arindam's family home in Guwahati, Assam. Designed by Sarah, the printing block was cut by master block carver Mukesh Prajapati and the printing was done by master Block Printer Sufiyan Khatri, in Gujarat, India.
Natural Dye: Hand block printed using a resist paste and dyed using Himalayan Rhubarb in Kachchh, India.
Fabric: Spun on an ambar charkha and handwoven in West Bengal, India.
Details: French seams, contrast neckline, facing and inside hem detailing, tear drop button closure at back neck, inseam pockets. Hand carved buffalo horn buttons. Stitched with cotton thread. Pre-shrunk.
Hand sewn by our partners in Madhya Pradesh, India - Kumbaya is a zero-waste manufacturing initiative that provides meaningful employment to women and people with disabilities in one of the most remote, backward and poor regions of India.
Wash by hand or machine wash gentle cycle in cool water using a pH neutral detergent. Dry in shade. For more information, visit ourcare page
All of our garments come in a protective muslin bag, stitched by the women of Kruti, in the village of Mulshi, Maharashtra. Kruti, a stitching unit run by Anubhuti Social Foundation, provides employment opportunities to women in rural communities, by implementing training programs in tailoring.