Textile designer Sanjay Garg’s label ‘Raw Mango’ brought forth a mesmerising collection featuring gorgeous Indian textiles. Sanjay’s revival of chanderi, mushru and craft traditions of West Bengal and Akola for his hand-woven textiles is nationally renowned.
Bringing back the beauty of Indian textiles, Sanjay displayed hand-woven engineered fabrics that created a panel size repeat of large curvilinear designs. Having researched and worked in various weaving clusters in India, Sanjay selected Varanasi for this intricate design and pattern. The gorgeous collections were created in the kadwa brocade technique of Varanasi, where the ornamentation of motifs use extra weft.
Dividing the collection in jewel tones of shocking pink, deep blue, peach, gold, white and parrot green the gorgeous gold motifs of flowers, birds and intricate traditional designs were stunning visions. Remaining loyal to a limited variety of silhouettes for the regal garments—empire line midi, simple maxi, quilted jackets and sherwanis, lean kurtas, waisted-frocks, paneled gowns, saris, lehengas, pajamas and shararas—swirled down the ramp on graceful models.
Bringing unique weaves and the juxtaposition of patterns, motifs and techniques in embroidery, Soumitra Mondal for his label ‘Marg’ presented ‘Woven Royalty’—a revival of classic Indian heritage at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014.
Inspired by the attire and lifestyle of vintage royal Indian families, Soumitra had skilled craftsmen to recreate the fabrics. The jamdani, khadi, silk and cottons with a twist in the weaves, displayed a predominantly beige colour story with hints of pink and gold. Aimed at modern Indian woman who adores the aristocratic look, Soumitra offered silhouettes that ranged from A-line, knee, and ankle-length for bundgalas, tops and jackets. Saris appeared in gorgeous weaves to appease the desires of the traditional dresser.
Saris were elegantly regal with tiny butties splashed all over or with luxurious resham borders showing hints of glitter. Stylish bundgalas with parallel pants, capris with kurtas sported tonal embroidery, flared mini kurti and a reversible waistcoat were ideal for semi formal wear. Going in for more intense embellishments, Soumitra had silk motifs that cascaded down shoulders to waist for garments often teamed with wide flared pants. Mirror work gradually crept in for a long sleeved kurta and the final peach lehenga, choli and dupatta were ideal wedding attire.