Indigene takes inspiration from Japanese Wabi-Sabi
On the back of their Lakme Fashion Week debut in March this year, conscious clothing label, Indigene comes to the city for a pop-up sale at Ambara. And though the Delhi-based brand, a brainchild of Ruchi Tripathi and Jaya Bhatt, was born about six years ago, this year feels different, says Tripathi. “We feel like showcasing at the Fashion week has breathed fresh life into our brand,” she begins.
Both textile graduates from NIFT Delhi, the duo’s main aim before starting Indigene was to create something that would stay true to their own philosophies of keeping things natural and provide artisans a stable income. “We work with the same set of artisans for every collection because working with different artisans would serve our purpose but will not give them a steady livelihood,” explains Tripathi.
The collection the duo will be bringing to the city is Transience, their spring summer line that draws inspiration from the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy, which holds simplicity and understated elegance in high regard. Through their garments, made with handwoven khadi, the designers celebrate the subtle imperfections and anomalies that can only come with handmade fabric. “There’s a certain charm attached to things that are made by hand and that is what we are tapping into,” Tripathi says. Ajrakh printed pieces feature heavily, while Sujni hand embroidered details also make an appearance on tops, jackets, skirts and dresses. The geometric prints are inspired by the decorated walls of Burkina Faso in Africa.
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