Three designers showcase their India-themed lines through the week
The CITY plays host to two exciting exhibitions that showcase a mix of traditional and contemporary wear, with natural fabrics, focusing on Indian textiles. Raintree hosts Gulmohar’s festive weaves while Basava Ambara opens its doors to Iha’s saris, stoles and dupattas and Flames of the Forest by Mrinalini Cariappa, a range of exquisite silver jewellery.
Combining old-world charm and current style, Gulmohar’s collection is a nod to the craftsmanship of Indian artisans. “Our clothes are subtle and understated and this collection captures the essence of our aesthetic. With winter fast approaching, we’ve used colours derived from natural dyes, in dark solid tones. Since ari work is extremely intricate and ideal for festive wear, heavily embellished pieces are more apt for the night. Our clothes, with minimal embellishments should work better for the day,” says designer Preethi Singhal.
Known for their hand-crafted garments that are a perfect fit for Indian body types, the collection includes a range of kurtas, dresses, skirts, jackets, stoles, dupattas, saris, palazzos, tops, and bags. Fabrics extend from chanderi and organic cotton to chiffon, pure silk and soft voiles in bright hues like manjistha (deep red), turmeric, natural indigo and pomegranate pink.
Some of the pieces feature traditional printing techniques like ajarakh and dabu depicting various Indian motifs, while others sport gorgeous ari embroidery. They also have a line of home linen — bed covers, dohars, table covers, and quilts, with fun, quirky motifs. Prices start at Rs 600.
At Sankey Road. Details: 32723251
Curated by Merryn Mathew, the house of IHA will be stocking handcrafted saris from various parts of the country including Chanderi, Kanchipuram, Uppada, Banaras, Kota and West Bengal. Like Singhal’s line, her collection too has been hand-picked with the festive season in mind. “People these days prefer to go easy on the embellishments, so the saris are festive while not being extremely wearable. So you can wear them year round and not just take them out during festivals,” shares Mathew. (Rs 2,000 upwards).
Those with a weakness for exquisite silver jewellery can choose from Mrinalini Cariappa’s collection entitled, Flames Of The Forest. Taking inspiration from nature, the pieces include rare semi-precious stones set in sterling silver like, coral fossil, jaspers, solar quartz and lodolite, all sourced from her travels. The gems appear in the natural form, with Cariappa ensuring they are not dyed or subjected to unnatural enhancements.(Rs 1,000 upwards). At Basavanagudi. Details: 26561940