Design label NorBlack NorWhite serves up the perfect mix of Western silhouettes and Indian techniques. The brand, whose name is inspired by Michael Jacksona��s track, Black or White, gives you an eccentric, kitsch-laden interpretation of local prints and threadwork.Hailed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Gianinni as her favourite Indian designer duo, Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumara��s label that featured in Wallpaper, Asos, Fashion Television and Vogue India is a culmination of their collective thirst for Indian aesthetics. a�?We had been working with art shows, fashion, and festivals in Toronto and when we moved to Bombay in 2009 we wanted to use those same energies,a�? shares Kapadiya. After a trip to Kachchh, Gujarat where they encountered local artisans and textiles, they decided to start an anthropological project that is a�?part art and part fashiona��. a�?NorBlack NorWhite advocates the luxury of handmade a�� the level of detail, the beauty of a�?mistakesa�� and the little deviations that mean no two pieces are ever identical,a�? feels Kumar.
With bomber jackets and jumpsuits to maxi skirts and tie-dye shirts, every piece is an explosion of colour and prints native to a specific Indian state or city. a�?We love bandhani, woven ikats and intricate zardozi embroidery. Recently wea��ve been using a lot of silks and experimented with classic cotton mundus from Kerala and even suede from the markets of Bombay,a�? enthuses Kumar. The duo are currently focusing more on mini-collections and series a�� truly proving they are different from the pack. a�?We havena��t yetparticipated in fashion weeks because they havena��t made strategic sense for us. Just tradeshows in New York and Paris to showcase our collections,a�? says Kapadiya.
Rs2,500 upwards. Available at Bombay Electric, Mumbai,A�Details: norA�blacknorwhite.com
– Divya Karthikeyan