Shaher, a capsule collection from Raw Mango, finds inspiration in the chaos of cities
WHEN he launched Raw Mango seven years ago, Sanjay Garg wanted handloom, Chanderi in particular, to become a part of the modern woman’s daily wardrobe. He banked on simplicity and old-style motifs, with an unconventional yet luxurious colour palette. That his Rani pink and gold Banaras lehenga was worn by Soha Ali Khan at her wedding reception earlier this week proves that Garg has been more than successful in his endeavour. Everyone from the Pataudi family to filmmaker Mira Nair and actor Konkona Sen Sharma have been seen in his creations at weddings, glitzy launches and more. The designs emerge from Garg’s collaboration with hundreds of weavers across the country. One such partnership has resulted in Shaher, a collective by textile designer and New Yorker, Hema Shroff Patel. Like Berang, Garg’s limited-edition experiment in 2013, this capsule collection at Good Earth sees him frugal with colour. ‘‘It is about the urban landscape, where silver, grey, black and blue dominate,’’ he explains, recreating the graphics you see in high-rises. The usual flora and fauna are dispensed with, and circles, squares and chevron strips are featured instead. ‘‘The weave is Benarasi, but easy to drape,’’ he continues, sharing plans to set up a store in Bangalore soon.
Rs 14,000 to Rs 30,000. At Good Earth till Feb 1, 2015. Details: 43087878/79