How a visit to India impressed ‘KUFRI’, a one-of-a-kind Dallas small enterprise


She stop her day job, took a visit to India, and began over when she returned: The story behind KUFRI, a one-of-a-kind Dallas small enterprise.

DALLAS, TX — A level from TCU, a pleasant company job, and a life in Dallas. Mili Suleman was dwelling a graphic designer’s dream.

However Suleman, now a material designer and proprietor of Dallas textile store KUFRI, had all of that and nonetheless wasn’t completely satisfied.

“I used to be knowledgeable graphic designer, I had a number of purchasers, labored for an company… I assume I simply acquired burnt out,” Suleman stated. “I needed one thing greater than myself.”

So greater was what she acquired. All of it started when she stop her graphic design job, and took a visit to India that modified the course of her life, and profession eternally.

“I made a decision simply to go. I instructed my mother to fulfill me there and stated, ‘hey we’re going to discover all these villages, and see if there’s something we are able to do.”

After days of watching villagers grasp totally different crafts and textiles every in their very own distinctive approach, Suleman knew what she was meant to do.

There may be simply one thing so magical while you stroll into these villages and you’ll hear the loom… it is simply lovely,” stated Suleman. “I fell in love, and that is how KUFRI was born.”

KUFRI, additionally the title of a metropolis in India, is understood for its signature, hand-woven, and hand-sprun textiles, which are designed in Dallas, spun in India, and introduced again to people and design companies throughout the nation.

Every weaver has a singular story, and contributes to what makes every material by KUFRI so particular.

“Quite a lot of weavers, are growing older,” Suleman stated. “It provides them a livelihood. Our orders are getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and so they can maintain their households, and in addition, you recognize, only for their very own dignity and self esteem.”

However Suleman is simply getting began. To this point, the 4 12 months outdated Dallas-based small enterprise has seen an 80 to 100% progress fee every year.

“It is actually one thing particular. I imply, it isn’t giving working water to the entire village…not, not but,” Suleman stated. “However I feel moments like this I can step again and form of, relive some milestones.”

The authenticity and uniqueness of every material, has made KUFRI standard amongst some well-known American inside designers.

“In LA we’ve got a agency known as Studio Life-style, they did Hilary Duff’s house… they’re a very good consumer, they repeat purchase from us,” stated Suleman.

And fortunately for Dallas, these one-of-a-kind materials are on the point of make their debut into the Dallas design district within the coming months, together with another particular tasks Suleman is engaged on.

“We’re engaged on a line of textile wall artwork. It should be lovely,” Suleman stated. “So I’m actually trying ahead to spreading the phrase in Dallas.”

For extra info and updates on KUFRI materials, go to her web site, right here.



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