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    Anita Dongre takes an indigenous weave from pret to couture in her summer line

    Anita Dongre’s collection for the summer premieres this evening at Lakme Fashion Week with a focus on weaves from Varanasi to commemorate LFW’s Indian Textile Day.

    Aptly titled ‘Varanasi’, Dongre and her team have collaborated with traditional weavers from the region for yarn that stays true to the age-old textile and yet adds a contemporary flavour, woven exclusively for them. From pret to diffusion and couture, the collection from her signature line is a refreshing take on versatile Indian textiles.

    Pretty in colour
    “I always ensure my summer collection uses light and breathable fabrics and this time we have explored a new avenue of this very old weave,” begins Dongre, going on to explain that this traditional weave has been contemporised to suit the jet-setting “global woman”.
    Eliminating silver and gold completely, the weave features matte on matte finish with crisp whites, pale blues, powder pinks and buttercup yellows dominating the colour wheel.

    Textile travels
    “The range keeps the young woman in mind through simple lines and flowy silhouettes,” she says, reiterating that the aesthetic is Western-boho adapted from the staunchly Indian base fabric. Ranging from dresses, gowns and skirts to long jackets with fitted trousers, and cropped tops with flared pants, the collection features minimal embellishment  that is strictly restricted to evening wear.
    “The embellishment is very delicate, simple and featured only on a few pieces where we have used beads to highlight the underlying weave,” explains Dongre.

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    —Susanna Chandy

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