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    The NIFT graduate’s eco-friendly collection is inspired by Mauj dhurries and kilms

    JAIPUR-based Swati Vijaivargie brings her latest collection, Mauj,  to the city for an exhibition at Amethyst this week. “I have always loved painting and exploring different creative mediums. At the same time, I’ve always wanted to run a business. Being a designer has blessed me with the best of all the worlds,” she begins. The NIFT graduate’s vibrant collection of tops, jackets, dresses and capes is inspired by Mauj dhurries and kilms—a special weaving style that incorporates upcycled materials. “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.” 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 “play with bright colors and textures” 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. “I involve skilled artisans in and outside Jaipur. Most of our products are hand-crafted.” The designer, who counts famous faces Vidya Balan and Tisca Chopra among her clients, tells us, “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.”
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