Sometimes we have the good fortune of meeting makers in person at various events and that was the case with Nisha. We saw her gorgeous woodblock print scarves beautifully folded and hung at her booth and we were in love. Today it is our great pleasure to feature Nisha Mirani of @shopsundaymonday whose scarves and home goods will delight and brighten your day.
What inspires your work?
With SUNDAY/MONDAY, I hope to honor and support the preservation of indigenous Indian craft traditions while also creating space for innovation and growth. India has such a diversity of religions, languages, architecture, and landscapes, but we are exposed to a small part of the culture here in the US. While many textiles sold here are made in India, the people selling them often do not reflect the people making them.
SUNDAY/MONDAY allows me to stay connected with my roots and constantly learn more about my heritage. Even though I was born here, I was lucky to visit often growing up. Going back to India each year as an adult feels like coming home in a way. I feel light, joyful, and inspired there and want our textiles to reflect that spirit. With that said, I keep in mind the complexities of colonialism, identity, privilege, and immigration while navigating the business and sharing the story of our textiles.
Besides that, our work is inspired by: color, architecture, organic forms found in nature, my husband’s Japanese heritage, and artists including Isamu Noguchi and Hilma Af Klint.
What is your favorite piece in your collection and why?
My favorite piece in the collection is currently our Ripple scarf in fuchsia. Red and pink together is such a playful color combination and the scarf is easy to pair with a black jumpsuit or white button down. Also, our scarves and bandanas are all hand block printed on a soft silk cotton blend, so you don’t get overheated or itchy wearing them.
What’s something you love about your heritage?
I love so many things, but especially how much color, pattern, and maximalism in general are embedded in the culture and are used to celebrate our bodies, homes, and public spaces.
I am proud of the resilience and resourcefulness of South Asian women around the world, especially that of my immigrant mother. These qualities have been passed down to me and are vital to running a small business.