I have a real passion for design, traditional silk-screen printing methods, and the environmental movement. These interests led me to set up Vinati’s Paper in 1998 while still at University in New Delhi, India to design and promote eco-chic, handmade recycled paper products.
In 2000 some of my friends and family in India asked me to design and print their wedding stationery as they found it difficult to find elegant, unusual and well finished invites. They loved the prints I designed for their wedding stationery, inspired by traditional Indian, Persian, Oriental and European textiles and motifs. I soon had a wide range of clients across the Indian and Expat community. After moving to London in 2003, I continued to focus my creative efforts on designing and delivering eco-friendly wedding stationery for the UK market. Since then, I have had hundreds of happy clients across the UK, Europe, USA, South Africa, Australia, India and South East Asia through personal consultations at my studio in Primrose Hill and via the internet.
In 2011 I relocated to Dubai with my husband and decided to take a break for a few years to focus on my young children. Now having reactivated Vinati’s Paper I am excited about growing the business of providing eco-friendly wedding stationery to clients across the world again, with a focus on the Middle East and the UK market.
My objective is to make Vinati’s Paper continue to be recognised as a leading socially conscious enterprise, promoting exquisitely designed recycled and handmade paper based bespoke wedding stationery, at affordable prices.
The handmade papers I use to manufacture the stationery are primarily manufactured in villages in India. As the manufacturing process used is predominantly manual, this helps to sustain employment in these local communities.
This paper is eco-friendly as it is produced primarily by recycling waste materials such as cotton rags and waste paper. Some papers are also made from regenerating plants' bark. Other natural fibres like jute, straw, banana, husk, flower petals, silk, wool and herbs are then blended with the primary fibres for a decorative effect.
Please note that since these papers are handmade and dried naturally, each batch is slightly different and may contain some natural embellishments. This is a characteristic of the paper and not a defect.
I enjoy working with the different textures of these natural papers and feel it lends an unusual effect to wedding stationery.
I also offer a range of eco-friendly machine made paper. These are manufactured from chlorine-free pulps, and pulp from reforestation wood. These papers are 100% recyclable.
Silkscreen printing is a traditional manual technique of printmaking. The screen used is made of a piece of porous, finely woven fabric (polyester or nylon has replaced the use of silk since the 1940’s) stretched over a wood frame. This technique requires patience and time as each piece is printed individually.
Increasingly, traditional manual printing techniques like this are being abandoned in favour of faster, less labour intensive, computerised printing. We strive to make silkscreen printing a sustainable career choice for those trained in this art, along with providing you with a unique printing effect. We also use specially formulated gold and silver inks to further enhance your wedding stationery.
FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES
Through helping to provide a better standard of living to people in the developing world who manufacture eco-friendly wedding stationery, and by producing a high quality product in return, I believe I’m contributing to the fair trade cause and am also helping to inspire couples to consider green weddings and promote fairtrade.