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Contemporary apparel is known to be accessible in price and relevant to present day fashion. It is modern compared to the higher end luxury market and a tad younger, more often than not.

For a fashion student contemporary begins from the loom which makes a more powerful statement than the machine, when woven with hand. Designer Padmaja Krishnan like Kabir, equates it to meditation; which as per the weaver’s poetry is known to be an expression of an ingenious human mind. Being a slow fashion addict, her eponymous label too hopes to restore the magic in handloom, through ‘The Loom Mind’ collection, this year.

Conscientiously after working with Women Weave in Maheshwar, for an entire year her canvas is full of gradations in texture and colour….. almost like an accumulation of layers complementing each other, through handloomed textiles.

Set in earthy browns, dirty blue, black and whites and grey tones this women’s clothing is made of natural fibers. It blurs the borders between art and fashion, doodles and threads, luxury and everyday wear with nonchalant elegance.

Born in Kolkata, this Tamilian began with studying commerce at Kolkata University but after her sister’s intervention followed her passion of making clothes from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.

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Through her designs she comprehensively addresses all Indian seasons with simple classic silhouettes and layering. A widened hem, combination of different counts of silk and cotton, buttoned up slit sleeve, versatile kaftan tops, various gingham checks and stripes, asymmetric hem lines fitting upto 3 sizes (if by chance one put on few inches) neck-line ergonomics applied at the bottom for an easier stride, and a functional use of stole make up her ensembles.

Herein tradition close dances with the contemporary and the futuristic as a frayed hem left open (on the stole) refers to the weaver’s loom in mid-shuttle, the grunge, and old Diana Vreeland saying ‘never explain, never apologize.’

Keenly observing the relationship between human behaviour and clothing, she integrates the work of traditionally skilled artisans with modern design practices. But her real challenge is combining sustainability and social responsibility with some humour.

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