Delhi: Vaishali Shadangule, the designer known for her contemporary designs from Indian hand woven textiles,this season brings in the essence of Assam in her new Autumn/Winter collection.
Inspired by the traditional attire of the Assamese women-Mekhla Chadar, the collection features a line of glamorous red carpet ensemble to be showcased atthe Autumn/Winter 2013 edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on 17th March
Known for her mission to bring forth and highlight our country’s rich culture and heritage of Indian Textiles,this time also, has held on to her passion and worked with 400 female weavers across Assam. The Mekhla is a concert of three pieces of cloth– a skirt like a sarong, a blouse and an additional piece of cloth draped over the shoulder. It is known for its intrinsic shine that comes from the Muga silk unique to Assam. The fabric is grown and weaved in almost every second household of the villages of the state.
For her current collection, Vaishali has experimented with bold hues of gold, orange, pink, fluorescent green and varied shades of blue. She has complimented it with hand embroidery which has subtle and understated elegance. The line includes graciously flowing gowns and feminine dresses that are perfect for red carpet events.
Talking about her collection, Vaishali says, “I was introduced to the magic of Muga Silk and its design during my visit to Assam last year. In my collection, I have tried to incorporate elements of Mekhla that symbolizes the complex lanes and architectural design of the villages of the state. While working on the color paletteof this collection, I was truly motivated by the 400 female weavers who supported me and brought alive my creativity.”
“With the beautiful drapes and mix of fine constructions I hope to bring out the beauty of the Mekhlaby retaining its original elements. I have also con-temporized it with fine cut work and surface texturing of wool and metallic thread,” she adds.Over all, this collection promises to stand out and restore our belief that our traditional Indian textilesare all set to be seen at the global fashion horizon.