The New Democrazy - Spring Summer 2011
It’s a new direction and a fresh start! Consider the rich democracy of our textiles, prints, fabric, weaves and colour. This collection is a crazy adventure to explore the myriad ways with which we can combine these resources to create new forms of design.
Swatches of India, old and new, unfurl with each drape combining the conventional in an unconventional way. There is a focus on textured handloom and daytime silhouettes. Saris, dresses and goddess caftans pin tuck and twine as if they have a mind of their own. Rules get rewritten with ensembles that have gilets thrown over Kutchi kediyus. The latticing on a tunic leads to an unexpected cache of mother-of- pearl on sheer net. Bandhini appliqué and chikankari find equal footing. Simple Naada gets woven into web, while fine block printing provides surface relief. It’s the creative mix of all these elements that gives the collection such an innovative edge.
A creamy tableau of colour has shades of sand, ivory, beige, ecru, taupe and charcoal, with accents of pale pumpkin and shell. Supporting this narrative are swatches of voile, silk chiffons and georgette and chamois satin. Muslin and khadi fuse into malka; a new light, breathable fabric for a new spring.
The collection has its origins steeped across the country. The various colours of its soil and dust, which are as varied and divergent as its people. The turban and odhni fall united with each drape. There is revelry in cloth and embellishment. It takes all these factors and spins them into beautiful, original hybrid creations. We are overflowing with an abundant wealth of resources that all work together to create the style of India today.