Designer Gaurang collections gives a twist to Banarasi weaves

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-02-28 17:00:00 – Mumbai

Hyderabad is one of the most important fashion and cultural cities in India, which brings together heritage and innovation. Gaurang Shah, a Hyderabad based fashion designer bring for this season collection which include experimentation in weaves and prints, striking the perfect balance between heritage textiles and contemporary attitude. Indian Textile Day at the upcoming Lakme fashion week in Mumbai is definitely going to surprise everybody who claims to know everything about Banarasi weaves as the designer gives a twist to Banarasi weaves.

Every piece is inspired by people who are passionate about wearing heritage weaves on every big or small occasion, who are ready to give a fresh spin to whatever they wear, staying noticeable as they go along. He wants to expand the idea of 'weave' and showcase the sophistication they can bring into Indian weaves through the traditional Jamdani weave technique and introduce a new fashion story every time.

'Chandbali' is a revival of antique Odhnas archived from Akbarnama with khadi. "Chandbali” reflect the poetry of the Mughal culture and heritage romancing with the rich textiles and jewellery of the dynasty. Set in the era of Akbar and brought down for today's modern bride. The collection is a clever mix of antique odhnas archived from the empire with the fabric of freedom-Khadi.

Every creation of Chandbali is weaved to reflect multiple veils of the beloved, the customs and systems of the zenana. The women of the Mughal era were renowned for their mystique, beauty, romance, power-broking and intrigue.

The designer says that the whole line is an ode to the imperial wardrobe of the reign with antique woven odhnas archived by him and reviving the weaves on organza. The embroidery on khadi is a renaissance of antique zardosi. It will make a fitting heirloom for a bride's trousseau trunk.

The collection incorporates auspicious motifs like gow-mata, chand-suraj, Buddha-pada with chand-bali inspired embroidery. Set in hues like surkh red, gulaabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabaz green are the traditions of the royalty. Silhouettes like jama, achkan, aghrakha, sadri, shaluka, kalidaar, lehenga are infused into assi kallis.

Designer Gaurang Shah who has experimented with weaves from Banaras for the upcoming show is also well known for his mastery in the art of Jamdani.

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