The saree, the quintessential Indian garment featuring nine
yards of pure grace, is worn in a wide variety of drapes across the Indian
subcontinent. From young to the very old, stick thin to well-endowed, the saree
enhances every woman who adorns it.
I absolutely adore the saree, but sadly I really lack the
skills required to drape it gracefully. When I wear one, it is armored with a battalion
of safety-pins, toilet stops get postponed and I find myself walking ever so
cautiously lest I trip and unravel all my pleats.
There is nothing like traditional Indian hand-worked embroidery. Every region of this vast country boasts of their own style of handiwork and hand looms, and the North Western state of Rajasthan arguably takes the lead when it comes to the brightest hues of color and color clashes. The art of tie-dye that was an integral part of the hippie movement of the roaring sixties was born here.
Rajasthan is also home to Gota Patti. What is Gota Patti you ask? It is an ornate version of applique embroidery where intricately cut pieces of gold or silver ribbon are placed into a pattern and sewn onto either georgette or silk.
I am a big fan of Suchita Stylista, the Indo-Western fashion label created by locally based German-Indian designer Suchita Pandey. With roots in the heart of Rajasthan, the collection is inspired by the folklore of cultural fabrics and hand-dyed traditions yet recreated for the silhouette of the modern woman.
When Suchita asked me to showcase some of her latest designs, I turned to my very talented photographer friend Nervijo Photography for inspiration on a mood board that will be apt for the Suchita Stylista story.
Rajasthan, the North-Western state of India, has a centuries-old repute for its traditional forms of art revolving around fashion. They gave the world the colorful, much-loved tie-dye (which became symbolic with the hippie movement of the roaring ‘free love’ sixties). Lesser known to the world is Rajasthan’s exquisitely prized form on Danka embroidery.
I introduced you to the very lovely, talented designer Suchita Pandey in my earlier post here. Suchita will be back in the Numaish Summer Show, set to take place from 29 to 30th April at Hotel Conrad.
Today, I am giving you the chance to win this stunning mirror-worked dress by Suchita’s Stylista.