Taisir Gibreel makes the most beautiful silk scarves, designed in Scotland and made in England.
Here Make it British chats to her about what inspires her collection and which British manufacturers she uses to bring them to life.
Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you set up your company?
I am a Textile designer specialising in print and weave with a real passion for bold colour and print. My father was Sudanese and my mother is English, having grown up in Sudan and moved to the UK at 17, my work reflects my background, an eclectic cultural fusion. I moved to Scotland to pursue a design degree after working in the fashion industry for over 9 years. Shortly after graduating, I embarked on my mission to embrace the bold and abstract.
How would you describe the Taisir Gibreel collection?
They are luxurious silk scarves; the designs are based on original hand drawings inspired by Scottish landscapes. I would describe my prints as influenced by my background set against the colours, shapes and textures of the Scottish Highlands. The collections are made in England, truly celebrating contemporary British design and craftsmanship.
In which part of Britain are you based?
I am based in Perth, Scotland.
Why did you decide to manufacture in Britain?
My brand ethos is inspired by Scotland and made in England; I want to promote British design and craftsmanship.
Who makes your products?
My scarves are printed by the Silk Bureau in Worcestershire and manufactured by Maccravats in Macclesfield.
What has been the hardest part of getting your scarves manufactured in Britain?
Finding a reliable manufacture that was happy to deal with a new start up was extremely difficult. I was very lucky to find the Silk Bureau and Maccravats; they have both been really supportive and encouraging. I have a great relationship with both of them, they have been truly amazing.
And what has been the best part?
Knowing where your products are made and the conditions under which they are made is a great comfort. I visited Maccravats and met all the dress makers and seamstresses, they have been around for years and it was interesting to hear their stories about when the textile industry was booming. Sadly they struggle to find qualified seamstresses and young people interested in the industry, an industry that I find extremely inspiring and rewarding.
Taisir Gibreel is currently selling her collection at the Somerset House Designers & Makers show, a showcase of contemporary British craftsmanship and design that is running until 8th January 2012. You can also buy her designs directly from the Taisir Gibreel website.