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A brief summary of our ready to wear collections
The juxtaposition of modern structural silhouettes with the natural accidental asymmetry of hand painted Kalamkari gives the garments an unorthodox beauty.
The irregularity of handmade artisanal clothing is a metaphor for the playful yet elegant spirit , where geometry, history , nature and fantasy intersect and overlap. Every piece is individual, the nature of the craft ensures that no two pieces will ever be the same.
‘THE TEXTILE NARRATIVE ‘19
Commemorating a textile , so desirable .. that it changed the course of history for our country.
India’s gift to the whole world.
From block making to block printing , The process has been undertaken by National Awardees , (at masulipatianam and pedana , where chintz was produced historically). Special blocks were created for this collection , Engaging with age old craftsmen who have been pioneers in their field and have been associated to their art ancestrally.An effort to resuscitate age old Indian arts through an alliance with luxurious Gota and Kamdani.
The Japanese word Shizen means nature. The collection is derived essentially from the Japanese concept of a floating world — a space that is detached from the bothers of life— a state of mind or an ethos, a characteristic spirit of the chônin ("persons of the town”) in the Edo period.The Japanese word Shizen means nature. “UKIYO” Uki, which means "floating," "cheerful," or "frivolous."Yo, which means "world," "generation," "age," "era," or "reign." In its usual sense ukiyo suggested "transitory world," but it also had such connotations as "everyday world," "present reality," or "world of the here and now." In ukiyo-e prints and paintings there was a special, formalized reality, a combination of stylized artistic conventions shared by most artists and the personal reality of the individual artist, which constituted imaginative retellings of life in the floating world. The collection is inspired by Kimonos. KI : to wear , Mono : thing.
the ikat crossover
The Ikat Crossover was born as a presentation for an outreach programme supported by the FDCI, to bring forth the textile wonders of Odisha. The exploratory trips, interactions with master craftsmen, history and the sense of indigenousness amongst its tribes inspired us to create a collection that is a crossover — of modern and tradition, india and the world, new and old.
This technique isn’t new to the world of design, and it comes as quite a challenge to revitalise its appearance and yet retain it’s connect to its origin. Ikat is a unique as the resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. It is a premeditated technique called Bandhav, in which the threads are pre - counted, tie and dyed and then handwoven to achieve the desired motif.
RaDa is envisioned as the bad-ass successor of Radha from the miniature Pichwais and Frida from the surreal Mexican art history. It is the story of women dressed in elegance who wear their attitude right - inter-playing the bad-ass rebel & sublime goddess at the same time. The collection celebrates the women of today - following her heart with her focus set right.
The garments take birth from a marriage of Mexican checkers and Indian embroidery. The colors also arise from a mix of both these vibrant cultures - Indigo, scarlet, red turmeric & yellow. The silhouettes showcase a contemporary twist to the Mexican peasant dresses and the grandeur of Indian Royalty. A specialist series of hand-painted illustrations were also produced to knit the collection with: Hand spun, hand-woven khadi, hand-painted Kalamkari in natural dyes, age old Mukaish & baadala.
The collection is inspired by the celebration called by the Pichwais of the Nathdwara. Krishna, the God of Love is revered in iconic paintings known as “pichwais”, which assume that the “swarupa” or image of the deity represent a divine living being. They depict real life settings of often showing ‘lila’ in the forest, by the lotus pond and during holi.
SULTANA ON SAFARI
The previous two collections had given rise to a cult who wore the label, just a peep in their lives inspired Sultana On Safari. The evolved luxe traveller who is bohemian and aware, travels to meet herself. Natural dyed and painted trench coats were a high point of the collection.
Painting the royalty and vibrancy of the culture-rich Rajasthan, “Kalam Putli” is inspired from the age old tradition of puppet shows in Rajasthan. Colourful marionettes flaunt the ever famous art form of kalamkari which was elegantly etched across hand spun, hand-woven khadi and organic silk, olden peshwaz & angias. Each hand-woven fabric was meticulously treated and hand painted in natural dyes by skilful artisans. Real silver gotta and dabka embroidery bring in an element of zing to the entire range.
AJRAKH JO GALICHO
“Ajrakh Jo Galicho” means a 'Carpet of Ajrakh'. Highlighting health conscious festive wear for spiritual souls, Divya natural dyed Ajrakh with experimental, hand-printed/painted Kalamkari and turned the two crafts into couture offerings.
LADY AT THE TEA TABLE
A mix of Far East motifs and silhouettes with Indian textiles; the collection was inspired by Mary Cassatt’s “Lady at the Tea Table”. It was a delightful blend of traditional ikat, khadi and Jamdani weaves with ample doses of intricate embroidery.