A celebration of India's folk art through design
Fashion house Saundh's autumn-winter ‘Kalp Haat’ line gives a contemporary twist to the lesser known art traditions
12.09.2021 | 11:34 AM IST
The fashion house's autumn-winter collection tells the story of folk art forms of India through digital iterations of classic motifs, surface ornamentation, traditional embroideries and handcrafted embellishments.
Reflecting the opulence of the ‘darbars’ in bright tones, the ‘Ganjifa’ collection features digitally printed motifs inspired by the traditional hand-painting and microscopic detailing on the card game.
Named after the Buddhist art form 'thangka' (pictorial religious scrolls), which were often hand-painted with mineral colours and gold dust, embroidered or appliqued, this collection includes anarkalis and long suits. Motifs and patterns are rendered on silks, with dabka and pearl embellishments adding to the charm.
The 'Khovar' collection celebrates an art that was traditionally for decorating the marriage chamber of the bride and groom. The Khovar art usually depicts the animals and plants of neighboring forests and valleys. The collection brings out the art in bold digital prints highlighted with delicate mirrorwork and threadwork. Talking about the collection, Sarabjeet Saluja, chief executive-founder, Saundh, said, 'Kalp Haat is dedicated to our rich artistic heritage retold as print stories in contemporary silhouettes.'