Sanjukta Dutta continued on her effort to get an inclusion of hand weaves and Mekhala Chador of Assam into the festive wardrobe of all Indian women.
Inspiration was contrasts and the textile was sourced from weavers all over the country, made in a cohesive line of Amrich apparels.
1500 looms of Cooch Behar that were deserted by weavers for lack of work, came back to life to create this line by Sayantan Sarkar.
Experimented upon yarns showcased in Soham Dave‘s line that enriched the skill repertoire of the craftsmen as well.
The survival of the hand block printing craft of Ajrakh would have been tough had it not been for the Khatris, one among whom is Master craftsman Sufiyan Khatri. Pictures cannot do justice to his fine craft.
Shrujan has revived lost embroidery pattern of Kutch and employs over 5000 women. It is proud a moment to see the collection, made by simple village women, on the runway.
Kala cotton grows happily with rain water, unlike other varieties that need much more water but the challenge is it’s difficulty in draping. Craftsman Chaman Siju put his weaving expertise into it and offered these beauties.
Judy Frater, a teacher, a mentor and a guide helps weavers and craftsmen hone their craft and educates them in management, finance etc. This hero ensures that their menial job becomes a precursor to their artistic glory. Few of her students from Somaiya Kala Vidya showcased their craft on the runway.
Sustainable Man show set grounds to include men in the narrative.
Pero’s khadi garments with charming handcrafted details were in a space where sporty meets tailored.
Rajesh Pratap Singh used yarn that was manufactured from recycled bottles and damaged garments for his line. He also showcased pre-owned clothes as a serious style option.
Abraham and Thakore upcycled garment production waste for these looks. Cool dressing inside out.