Anaka Narayanan takes inspiration from the Rajasthani nomads’ embroidery for her new spring/summer collection.
THIS summer, pick up hand woven and hand blocked cotton and khadi basics with a gypsy twist, as the nine-year-old brand, Brass Tacks, is out with its new Spring/Summer line. Adding a dash of quirk to dresses, pants, skirts, dhoti dungarees, jumpsuits and more, is the intricate needle work, patchwork, motifs and mirror work typical of the colourful Banjara embroidery, which originated in Rajasthan.
Owner-designer Anaka Narayanan says, “For my designs, a (nomadic) Banjara community that works with an NGO in Sandur, Karnataka, produced the embroidery. I just wanted to have simple, elemental accents, and so, even though Banjara embroidery is popular and is used a lot, I thought here is my chance to take something like that and give it a completely different look.” To give a more contemporary edge to the garments, Narayanan says she focussed on only a few elements of Banjara embroidery and played around with the motifs and colours to minimise it to just accents. The collection is dominated by colours like rose quartz, pink blossom, grass green and lime green.
On sustainable fashion, she states, “I think being eco-friendly is a way of life. It is definitely something that I consider. That’s why we use only natural, sustainable textiles. The other thing is, I want women to buy my garments because they look good in them and it makes them feel good,” says the 35-year-old designer, who is soon launching a store in Bengaluru.
Rs 1,500 onwards at Brass Tacks, Alwarpet.
— Saloni Sinha