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SUNITA SHANKER: The ethos of the label lies in the partnership with the rural artisans. The rich cultural heritage of India has been the source  of inspiration for Sunita and her travel to the rural crafts sectors along with her interaction with traditional crafts practitioners have enabled her to explore the design vocabulary of the traditional crafts.

Kantha : Tangible Memories

Transformation is a powerful way to preserve memories as a tangible reminder of the past and experiences shaping lives.

Retracing the traditional practice of art of Kantha for up-cycling old textiles and making utility articles.

An initiative was taken to work with skilled Kantha artisans in rural Bengal to breathe new life into a collection of old sarees. These old sarees were once used as offering to deities in temples were collected over the past five years, in an effort to retain their cultural relevance. A cohesive team of Karigars painstakingly worked in harmony, transforming a piece of textile into wearable art. A thorough sorting was followed by a cleaning process for-the removal of vermillion and turmeric stains. In due course of time they were hand dyed in deep tones of plum, blue, midnight green and black. Followed by restoration by skilful hands. Then a creative team of women artisans in Bengal worked their magic into the textiles. Eventually, remodelled and shaped into classic wear, like Jackets and dresses.

These textiles have been imbued in cultural importance and are tangible reminders of experiences, traditions and identities

Quintessential Bandhani : Flowing Rhythm

The theme for the edit is based on the rhythm in which the fragrant branches swing in gentle breeze, with a few sprigs solitary afloat, creating patterns. An ongoing engagement with the craft creating synergy in innovation and the traditional practice.

The Interplay of dots in rows, clusters, placed consecutively or singularly, big or small forming patterns. The evolution of creative vocabulary stems from understanding and working with the existing traditional techniques. Bandhani enhances the beauty and adds cultural value to the collection.