“Chitra” – SS16 collection, inspired by age-old Indian Pahari miniature paintings.
Ka-Sha, famed for their brilliance of colour and minute decorative details, this form of storytelling conveys tales of mortals, Gods and nature alike. The paintings showcase ornate translucent fabric-clad subjects amidst backdrops of architecture and nature. The patterned decorative flowers and their romanticised rendering are reminiscent of enchanted gardens laden with tropical flowers and extraordinary creatures weaving stories of love and mysticism in their midst. Local Indian flora and fauna inspire the artwork of this collection in silhouette, detail and surface ornamentation of the garments. The craft of ‘Chamba Rumals’ that relies heavily on miniature paintings for its illustrations, forms the basis for the embroidery technique; illustrative, colourful, reversible and laden with basic stitches to create beautiful artwork.
Florals on the clothing are translated through clamp-dyed patterns, hand embroidery, block printing, mirror work and smocking, to create reversible and airy garments that express contemporary luxury. The colour palette borrows heavily from the rich pigments in the paintings, ranging from rich red to rose pink, inky blues to sunshine yellows; in handwoven ‘Jamdanis’ and ‘cotton Muls’.