ENGELEENA is a contemporary, stylish woman who adores life and nature. She has a keen interest in art and loves travelling and connecting with artists and their crafts.
The label has strongly adopted slow fashion and works with suppliers passionate about making sustainable, ethical, and fair trade products. ENGELEENA is also collaborating with the AP state weavers’ cooperative of northeast India to diversify the use of their traditional handloom fabrics and contribute to the livelihood of the weavers and the empowerment of tribal women.
Engeleena Padyachi is a designer, pattern maker, and seamstress. She started from humble beginnings. With ancestral links to Sri Lanka and southern Europe, tailoring inherited from her maternal genes tracing back to her great-grandmother. The latter was a weaver and made hand-sewn clothes for her children and her community from handloom cotton fabrics.
"I believe beauty is amorphous and achromatic until crafted by an artisan to give aesthetic appeal. Beauty then comes into being. Designing is an art and I am inspired by nature and life to give a touch of femininity, quality, and value to express yourself the way you want. There is something special about having a well-made garment. It gives an emotional attachment belonging to a certain period, event, or occasion in life". - Engeleena Padyachi