Indian Fashion: Old is New

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Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian designers are embracing the traditional handloom weaves, tie and dye, block-printing, embroidery, metalwork and other embellishing techniques to create fashion that not only honours the rich heritage but also delivers to the modern senses and palate. 

This page is dedicated to the continuing creative adaptation of traditional techniques in this everchanging modern world of fashion. We share our passion and evolving knowledge with like-minded people through our talks and textiles tours.


Fashion India

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Evolution of Indian Fashion

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Kashmir Story

The First time Manish visited Kashmir was in 2010 and was amazed by its breathtaking beauty. The landscape – the majestic mountains, the serene lakes and valleys brimming with flowers have been an inspiration for some of Manish’s stunning designs. Apart from it’s scenic beauty, Kashmir is known for it’s intricate embroidery techniques and detailing. Be it Sozni, Resham or Tilla, each technique is a lesson in meticulousness and proof of the wonderful crafts and craftsmanship found in India. It has been a wonderful journey for Manish and the label to imbibe this work in our collection and to be able to showcase the handcrafted legacy.

Source: https://manishmalhotra.in

Chanel Fashion Show

Karl Lagerfeld states that his latest Chanel collection, Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art, is inspired by 19th century India. The designer particularly selected British model Stella Tenant because she resembled Lady Curzon, the famous Vice-Queen of India around 1900. She was regarded as a very charming and elegant woman.

Chanel https://www.chanel.com/en_AU/

Good Earth

Good Earth, for 23 years and counting, they have worked closely with craftspeople and communities who, generation after generation, safeguard this infinite cultural patrimony.

Visit Good Earth Store: https://www.goodearth.in/

Ethnic Collections

The Anita Dongre Foundation has given countless rural women an equal voice by providing them with livelihood opportunities and skill training. An ethical vegan, environmentalist and revivalist of local craft, Anita advocates compassionate living, which is why her designs do not use any fur or leather.

Anita Dongre Collection: https://www.anitadongre.com/int/


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Threads of Tradition - 25 Days

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A farm-to-fashion textiles tour goes off the beaten track to meet master artisans at their work and showcase the best in the traditional textiles industry covering India's West, Central and Eastern regions.

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