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Nargis and her mother standing in front of Maker's Arcade sign

Who is From, Mila?

We are a small family-owned business from Orange County, CA. While we operate out of Southern California, all of our pieces are carved, printed and sewn in India.

Originally starting out as a hobby, after graduating with a degree in Fashion Design, Nargis, along with her mother, created From, Mila. 

Block carved with "From, Mila"
Block carved with "From, Mila"

What does "From, Mila" mean?

Having a Mother and Father born and raised in India, being exposed to the country's art of block printing was inevitable. Mixing that with her Mother's passion for textiles and sewing, establishing a fashion brand was just waiting to happen. 

The 'Mila' is a combination of the first two and last two letters of our last name, so 'From, Mila' is our way of saying, these pieces are from our heritage, our culture, our minds, our hearts, our passions, simply from us, to you. 

From, Mila.

Close up of the four carved blocks used in the Capri print
Close up of the four carved blocks used in the Capri print

How do you come up with designs?

While we are obviously inspired by traditional Indian prints, our main well of inspiration is travel. Whenever we design, we always think "Could I wear this if I traveled?" "Would I feel dressed, comfortable and excited to see the world in what I'm wearing?" If the answer is yes, then it gets made. If not, well, on to the next.

As we've expanded into home goods, we always thinking about souvenirs and trinkets we bring back home from places abroad. They're always unique, have a story to tell, and usually add bit of personality and color to a rather boring corner of the home. That's what we hope our home goods will do for you. 

Artist block printing
Artist block printing

How does the printing process work?

Once a design is thought up, a mockup of the final print is sent to our team of artists in India. If it's a brand new print, they'll transfer the design on to paper and carve it into a wooden block. These wooden blocks, new or existing, are then hand stamped onto fabric, creating the beautiful designs you see here.

To learn more in depth about the block printing process, click here.

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