THEY claim to be the first designers in India to take inspiration from the Brokpa tribe of Ladakh—who call themselves the descendants of Alexander The Great. Delhi-based designers, Madhuritu Dutta, Saumya Sharma, Tina Bhardwaj and Stanzin Dazes ( all 29)—who started their brand, Madsam Tinzin, in 2011—have unveiled their latest spring/summer collection that celebrates the tribe’s harvest festival. Dazes, who is from Ladakh, had first stumbled upon this tribe. “When she showed us the photos on the internet, we decided to travel to Ladakh to find out about them and their culture. We lived with them for 10 weeks,” begins Bhardwaj, who says that everything at Madsam Tinzin is handmade—from the fabrics to the embroidery.
While they have retained the features of the unique weave, the woolen fabric, nambu, typically used by the tribal folks, has been replaced with matka silk and chanderi for their collection. But the tribal influence is evident in the draped dresses, pants, gowns and headgears —all in a season-friendly white—with signature motifs like the shoklo flower and needles, besides the silver buttons. One of the things that dominate the collection is its threadwork and cording details. “We have used coloured cording in the belts and panels, in blue, red, yellow and peach. This collection is very global in nature with minimalistic embroidery,” shares Bhardwaj, who along with Dutta, Sharma and Dazes is gearing up to participate in Who’s Next, a trade show to be held in Paris this September. “Right now our aim is to take our collection to the global platform,” signs off Bharadwaj.
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— Saloni Sinha