KUFRI was conceived because the woven story needed to be preserved and presented in a way like never before. There was a need for beautiful, rustic, sustainably woven textiles that were as raw as the environment they were made in, but still conveyed a refined modernity. KUFRI textiles are not meant to be perfect, but rather unique. They are raw, genuine and inspiring, like the people that make them and the people that use them.
The KUFRI mission is to help preserve handloom weaving, to provide employment to women and aging weavers, and promote a conscious, beautiful life at home through our products.
KUFRI textiles have an understated, quiet quality to them, while always having plenty of textural interest. Suleman is guided by the principles of shibui and wabi-sabi and draws inspiration from places like Japan and New Mexico. The result of this approach is textiles where slubs, bars and slight irregularities produce a handmade quality that no mass-producing machine can replicate. "To me, a home ought to bring deep comforts, and that begins with natural textures that feel beautiful." Suleman says, "Using my textiles for upholstery, pillows, bedding and kitchen will allow you to enjoy the simpler pleasures of living a wabi-sabi life."
About Mili Suleman:
Founder and designer Mili Suleman was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Oman. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she sees KUFRI as an amalgamation of her multi-cultural background, explorations in design, and passion for natural spaces. Mili lives in Dallas, Texas, and is heavily engaged in building an awareness and appreciation around textiles in the Dallas area by speaking on textiles, culture and entrepreneurship. She is co-founder of SHIFT, a group that brings together local designers and to-the-trade for monthly round-tables.