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Indigo Handloom

68 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.702759 -73.986711
at Water St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
917-779-8420 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Products & Services: Jewelry, Womenswear

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Tues-Sat, noon-7pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at York St.

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Product Guide


  • Jewelry


  • Womenswear


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Journalist-turned-fashion designer Smita Paul first encountered traditional handlooms while on assignment in India (where she’d emigrated from at age 3), writing about the silk industry and traveling through tiny villages in the state of Orissa. Enamored by the process—from collecting cocoons to weaving cloth by hand on massive, ancient looms—Paul returned to New York and opened Indigo Handloom in July 2007. The bright, boxy shop, painted its namesake color both inside and out, holds a well edited selection of gauzy silk dresses, pink-and-lemon babydoll dresses, and spidery batik wraps (made by pouring molten beeswax on the cloth). Muga silk, a sumptuous thread that’s naturally gold and difficult to harvest, makes for a light, iridescent stole, while intricately woven cotton sundresses display traditional ikat and jamdani motifs. Paul designs the fabrics for both the shop’s womenswear line and extensive selection of handmade scarves, as well as the bolts piled on a back bookshelf, sold by the yard. The fabrics are made using vegetable-based dyes and organic and vegan silks, including ahimsa silk (aka “peace silk”), which incorporates only empty silkworm cocoons. Along the front of the store, delicate glass stands display handmade jewelry from India and Indonesia.