Rajesh Pratap Singh’s first collection of saris was presented at Ekaya recently–a contemporary bespoke label presenting the finest textiles from Benaras; this was in fact the outcome of years he spent developing and researching handloom techniques. The collection comprised of ikat weaves in strong geometric motifs, a recurrent theme from the brand; ajrak prints, which have been given a new twist and cotton silk chanderis.
Chanderi weaves have complex variegated motifs on the pallu, a signature of the brand, created by inserting an extra weft in the yarn, using a process that could simplistically be called ‘embroidery on the loom’. The results are sari pallus that will surprise you with gradations in sizes of the motifs, which are aesthetically clustered creating a brand signature.
The ajrak collection is handwoven and handcrafted, printed using natural indigos and vegetable dyes, materials respectful towards a sustainable eco system. The expression of colour in the ikat collection stays within the designer’s palette of primary colours, in Pratap’s striking aesthetic. The ikats have been handwoven at Pratap’s weaving studio in Rajasthan.
Talking about the collection Pratap was quoted as saying, “Handcrafted using traditional techniques with new interpretations, this sari collection has been specially created keeping in mind needs and tastes of modern Indian women; she understands and appreciates her textiles. Ekaya has established itself as a focused shop for sari and textile. The brand has carved a niche for itself through the sensitivity for fabrics and weaving techniques, a focus that we as a label appreciate highly; and hence this seemed like a perfect fit for us and we are looking forward to present this collection.”