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alternative fashion 2015:raw mango’s jamdani

I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out.

-Jimi Hendrix

This American singer echoed my thoughts eons ago since cotton seems to have a similar effect on many. A delicate, shiny, complex weave of superior quality is what defines Indian cotton; so when it was exported during the British Raj, the world was left wonderstruck! Its virtues of being light as the air, strong as the sun, flowing like the wind, soft as dew, opaque as smoke, cool as the moonlight and subtle as running water is what inspired Raw Mango for the summer of 2015.

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Saving grace….a saree

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I was visiting my favourite store Kashmir Loom in Nizammuddin East, New Delhi, when I came across Malvika Singh’s first collection of Maheshwari sarees in tussar and regular silk, cotton and tissue. Their checks and horizontal stripes with varied thickness and size looked resplendent when highlighted with silver, gold and copper judiciously on the body, border or patli pleat. The metallics seemed to have passionately held together the original Indian palette e.g. neem (bright green), baigani (purple), pyaazi (onion pink), aasmaani (sky blue), sindoori (vermilion red), haldi (yellow ochre), zafraani (bright orange-red), kantha, neel (indigo), chandani (milky white) and amavasya (black).

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Peter d’Ascoli

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A New Yorker by birth, with strong Italian roots from his grandparents and a French wife, coupled with over two decades of Indian influence, sums up Peter d’Ascoli’s  diverse and cosmopolitan approach to design. According to him, it is important for one to know what they are good at, or, what one can do or can’t do? Thus he passionately concentrates on re-creating rich and diverse cultures and history of decorative arts in India, his home for the last seven years. This zealous delight is translated in his use of textiles which are his obsession.

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Loulou des Indes

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A Yoga addict’s sense of discipline and perfection spills over to other spheres of  her life- Daphne Ghesquiere decides to handcraft her kids’ clothes, while settled in India. Being French and after having done stints with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Hermes, her understanding of luxury runs deeper than the price; quality and design without the usual Christmas tree look is of  prime importance to her.

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