This initiative by Lakme Fashion Week is an ode to celebrate the beauty and cultural ethnicity that’s associated with Indian textiles and age-old craftsmanship. With a promising line-up of designers, we get ourselves attuned to what we can expect from the new-age and prominent designer collections this season. 25th March, Day 4 of LFW celebrates Indian Textile Day and here’s what’s in store for us!
VAISHALI SHADANGULE – Last year with her eclectic and contemporary designs with Indian textiles and weaves she had taken the fashion week by storm. This season she continues to known for her contemporary designs to bring out the beauty of Indian hand woven textiles to bring out the essence of Assam in her new Summer Resort 2013 collection. The collection has an exquisite line of red carpet ensemble that she has created using Paat- an indigenous textile of Assam.
Known for her mission to bring forth and highlight our country’s rich culture and heritage of Indian Textiles, this time also, has held on to her passion and worked with 400 female weavers across Assam. Vaishali’s collection is inspired by the traditional attire of the Assamese women- Mekhla Chadar, The Mekhla is a concert of three pieces of cloth– a skirt like a sarong, a blouse and an additional piece of cloth draped over the shoulder. It is known for its intrinsic shine that comes from the Muga silk unique to Assam. For her current collection, the talented designer has experimented with bold hues of gold, orange, pink, fluorescent green and varied shades of blue. She has complimented it with hand embroidery which has subtle and understated elegance. Also, she will be launching her Men’s line for the first time ever at LFW and has been chosen by the board to create pieces for the ‘Save the Tigers’ campaign. With such interesting things to look forward to, the designer will showcase her collection at 5:00PM.
ROHIT KAMRA- Inculcating the affluent craftworks of Rajasthan and an attempt to promote the village artisans through his NGO ‘Woven Gold’ that supports the interests of craftsmen to promote their techniques and skilful designs, designer Rohit Kamra presents his exclusive menswear line. Provoking the spirit of life, equilibrium is achieved with the fusion of Music and Dance of Shakti and keeping this ideology in mind, the designer has experimented with various factors of nature. The highlight of the collection is the prominent use of threads and metallic shreds on fabrics along with the new summer shades of, faded white, earthy beige, alloy grey, emerald green, tidal blue, rustic red. He has sensibly used the Khadi handlooms and village artwork fabrics to preserve the ethnicity of primarily Rajasthan combining design concepts from other cities. Khadi jackets, band galas, Jodhpuri Kurtas will form the exclusive line of his men’s wear line. He will present his collection at 7:30PM.
SHRUTI SANCHETI- A lover of history, fashion and minimalistic design, this season too Shruti works alongside her ‘Swadeshi’ inspiration to call off embellishments and OTT designs. Her collection is deeply inspired by the patriotic movement and is aimed at the restoration of indigenous dying art of weaving and thus the collection with the support of Maharashtra Weaver's Board –INDRAYANI which is aimed at reviving handloom. It’s her attempt to give this age old method a contemporary twist. The base fabric is finely woven cotton with 100 thread count to impart drape-ability and sheen to the fabric and use of checks and stripes in English colours depicts the colonial mentality of the period. Surface ornamentation is a confluence of the east and the west with the Kantha being the dominant factor. Silhouettes are the contemporary asymmetrical yet a mixture of two parallel cultural influences particular to the period. With hues like unbleached white to canary yellow, jade green, fresh red and poppy blue with pastel and muted tones in handloom cotton, linen and cotton silk, this collection seems interesting to watch out for. As for the silhouettes, they are asymmetrically layered with imperial conservativeness imparting a patriotically driven Indian soul. Catch her collection at 1:30PM.
DANIEL SYIEM- an eclectic designer from North-East Shillong making his LFW debut this season is one name to watch out for! His organic line 'Ryndia' seamlessly blends traditional craft with western silhouettes retaining an ethnic touch while presenting an international look. Having strings of awards in his recognition and presenting various collections all over India, he has partnered with Janessaline Mary Pyngrope to establish the first ever fashion house in Meghalaya. Not only that, Daniel has collaborated with the weavers of Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya to develop organic fabrics as well. He has taken the daily outfits as an inspiration for his collection. As a designer in the ‘Emerging Designer’ category, he showcases his first ever collection to a wide audience at 1:30 pm.
Join us by wearing your best Indian attire to show off your patriotic spark as we get together to celebrate our roots!