“Consciously and deliberately, I chose to embark on an artistic and ethical journey, seeking inclusive, open and integrative fashion. This journey took me to India, where I started making prints developed using the morose and millenarian technique of woodblock printing, endeavouring to achieve unique results. Fair and sustainable trade, respect for the environment and humanised work, synthesised with contemporary trends and design have been my constant motivations.
Every year I add more details to my creations, inspired in Indian artisanal techniques.” (Catarina)
Purpose & Mission
“Apart from love for fashion, I am driven by a willingness to discover artisanal ethical techniques and bring them to contemporary creations. I find boundless fulfilment in discovering ancient skills and bringing them to the present.
Parallel wants to evolve to include a larger diversity of natural and sophisticated fabrics.
We will soon aim to begin exploring international markets, such as the Mediterranean and South American markets, through a rebranding process and by attending a trade show in 2022.” (Catarina Romano)
Location of Creation or Assembly
“I use modal (natural cellulose fibre) and silk. The dyeing process is done manually avoiding chemicals. I re-sell my leftover stocks with other commercial entities.” (Catarina Romano)
Cambric paper, and recyclable cardboard box.
Method of Creation
“The process begins by working with a designer on my ideas for the prints, both for silk and modal. Next step is to have the blocks carved in India, then one of the most meticulous tasks is getting the right, exact dyeing colours I have in mind. This happens in a small village with Fara, an amazing woman who tests different hues in her cauldron. Next step, my favourite, is to try the blocks on the dyed fabric. Meanwhile, at the factory with a master tailor, all the samples are arranged. Finally, the process of manufacturing and other hand work happens after production.” (Catarina Romano)
Use & Maintenance
“Because my dyeing process is manual, and not entirely chemical, it is better to wash all items in cold water.” (Catarina Romano)