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    The NIFT graduatea��s eco-friendly collection is inspired by Mauj dhurries and kilms

    JAIPUR-based Swati Vijaivargie brings her latest collection, Mauj,A� to the city for an exhibition at Amethyst this week. a�?I have always loved painting and exploring different creative mediums. At the same time, Ia��ve always wanted to run a business. Being a designer has blessed me with the best of all the worlds,a�? she begins. The NIFT graduatea��s vibrant collection of tops, jackets, dresses and capes is inspired by Mauj dhurries and kilmsa��a special weaving style that incorporates upcycled materials. a�?Mauj is a flat woven dhurrie made with leftover yarn. This is a fantastic process where the end product often results in looking very interesting, while making the best of waste.a�? The upcycled designs are certainly unique with large geometric prints, colour-blocking and subtle embellishment characterising her long, straight silhouettes. She uses only the most luxurious of natural fabrics (pure silks, organza, chanderi and khadi). Vijaivargie admits her a�?play with bright colors and texturesa�? is her forte. Hues like beige, ecru, burgundy, emerald green, blue and black characterise the collection. The 36-year-old says that community involvement in her prints and designs is important, too. a�?I involve skilled artisans in and outside Jaipur. Most of our products are hand-crafted.a�? The designer, who counts famous faces Vidya Balan and Tisca Chopra among her clients, tells us, a�?My collection is tailored to the needs of a glamorous yet bohemian globetrotter who loves to travel and incorporates a chic, non-conformist attitude in her clothing.a�?
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    a��Shibi Kumaramangalam

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