Until today, I’ve only shared myself with you as a blogger and fashion enthusiast, but today you get to meet the Designer in me.
I’ll be honest, I started off with very little actual knowledge about handloom fabrics. I blame this on the fact that I haven’t been in India for a significant part of the year. Although, I did regularly get a chance to appreciate various handloom fabrics through all the different platforms and resources I got my hands on such as Instagram posts, articles online, and Vogue India. Recently, I officially moved to India after finishing my education (Bachelor’s in Design: Fashion Design), and realized this was the perfect opportunity for me to work with some beautiful handloom fabrics. It just so happened that I moved to India right in time for Navratri and could create my first lot of Indian outfits for the celebration.
I have always loved the satisfaction I get from putting together the traditional Indian elements combined with my aesthetics. I must mention that I have never been against embroidery, or that ‘bling’ Indian garments have been known for, but I stray away from pre-made laces and patchworks available in the markets and prefer to create my own. Since I was in a time crunch of 5 days, and obviously did not have time to get handcrafted embroidery done, I decided to play with fabric and design as much as I could.
While I was sourcing for my fabrics, I came across this beautiful off-white linen satin, and 17 meters of it went in the creation of this garment. I can’t express how much I loved the abundant amount of fabric on the lengha and when I twirled it all went up, you could see the multiple different layers it created which could be worn as a chaniya choli for Navratri. I’m a big believer in mixing and matching outfits and feel they should have the ability to be worn multiple times in different ways. Therefore, I made the ‘blouse’ like a flared jacket which gave it the ability to be worn again, such as with a pair of palazzos and at the same time have a three-layered look.
This beautiful Banarasi silk dupatta was not the original one. For Navratri, I kept true to the nature of the festival and paired it with a Mint blue cotton ikat dupatta. I sourced this one from another look that hadn’t been completed, and even though it is just raw unfinished fabric, I loved it so much that I couldn’t help but use it for this look. Again, I liked the volume this dupatta had and the way it moved and fell so beautifully with every little movement I made.
Every collection or look has a message or mood, which helps in painting the picture of the kind of person who would wear it, for this one it’s a girl and…
“She’s like a wild flower beautiful, fierce and free. “