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    Love for Mughal flamboyance marks Rohit Bal’s first collaboration with Good Earth.

    Celebrating Persian design, with hints of the Renaissance and post-impressionism art movements, is Husn-e-Taairaat, the décor and apparel capsule line that marks ace designer Rohit Bal’s first tie-up with Good Earth. The designer, who had debuted a namesake couture line last year at the Amazon India Fashion Week—which had turned heads with its regal air and vibrant colours—is reinterpreting it for the luxury lifestyle brand. His tribute to handicrafts and nature finds expression in products ranging from everyday luxury garments like quilted jackets, trousers and tunics to accent pieces like cushions, mugs, plates and vases.

    Signature style
    Bal’s Kashmiri roots are evident in the line’s signature motifs, which include multi-coloured lotuses, birds like peacocks, and flora and fauna, all done in the vintage style of pichwai painting. His favourite royal blue­—stylised with elaborate patterns on the finest habutai silk, and brought to life with generous splashes of reds and pink—are reminiscent of finely-made Persian carpets. Hand embroidery, fine quilting and sequin work also find their way into this collection.
    The home range uses detailed handwork on fine bone china, ceramic and glass, in hues of blue, jade and ivory, accentuated with 24 carat gold and platinum. “We’re constantly adding new items, a recent addition being the two-tier cake tray. We’re also thinking of doing some wall plates,” says the 55-year old designer, who is foraying into home décor for the first time. He picks the vases and ornate coffee mugs from his collection as living room essentials, while Simran Lal, CEO of Good Earth, chooses the sequin work cushions, gold-accented glass candles and breezy kaftans as her favourites.

    Natural touch
    “Beyond anything else, we share a common love for our natural surroundings and, most importantly, a love for Persian art. We brought our different design expressions together and it turned out to be a beautiful marriage of aesthetics,” shares Lal, adding that bold prints and traditional motifs are the call of the hour this festive season.

    Home decor from Rs 3,400. Apparel from Rs 9,500. Details: goodearth.in

    —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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