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ekà ‘made in india’ women’s wear label

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

— Diana Vreeland

ekà ( ek in sanskrit ) means one; collectively master craftsmen i.e. weavers, dyers, block makers, embroiders and textile printers help in creating a discerning woman’s clothing using traditional textile techniques. Like all hand crafted textiles the label’s fuss is about the finest counts of khadi, indigo dyes, unique block prints like ‘Saudagiri’ and ‘Agrakh’, layered handmade indigo dyed voiles with ‘kantha’, luxurious light weight cottons in random shapes, suited for a sombre and individualistic fashion statement. Woven linen, khadi or wool in colour monotones are given little detailing without taking away from the natural characteristics of these fabrics.

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cvh studio

A discovery through one of my jaunts to a Christmas fair in the diplomatic circles of Delhi; costume jewellery line cvh studio by a German designer Claudia von Hansemann. Right up our alley; these objects of instant gratification are fast becoming a rage, encouraging all fashionistas to be it.

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“Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby” a quote from Pygmalion correctly states the success of two sisters-in-law putting their soul and spirit in a dream while living in different parts of the world; Radhika & Gauri Tandon’s Isharya, is a premium contemporary jewellery brand which I stumbled upon at IMC (an exhibition of women entrepreneurs primarily from Mumbai). An excellent blend of east meets west; everything seemed sophisticated yet dramatic with modern materials and age-old techniques. Their excitement of fusing wood, leather, mirrors etc.clearly showed as they used neon colours in resin and semi-precious stones set in 18 carat gold plated brass in lines like Bollywood glam, Gemrocks, Goddess, Jaali filigree, Louvre, Pyramid luxe or Serpent druzy.

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