Even though I am not one of those over enthusiastic dressers, Cecile d’Ascoli’s line of pure fabrics seemed like one of the most obvious choices to me this summer. French at heart but Jew by birth, she met her husband 9 yrs ago at the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, when their common friend introduced them to each other for sourcing Indian fabrics and embroideries. Destiny played its part well since now she is settled in the same country which helped her establish her work elsewhere and also find her soul mate.
“I’m thinking balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag but we’d feel naked in public without it.”
— Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw (“Sex And The City”)
— 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.
“India lives in its villages” a statement by Mahatma Gandhi is passionately lived by Sri Tanabana –the royal house of warp and weft; a design company of Darshana Kumari and her daughters Gitanjali Shah and Priyanjali Katoch. In 2002 they began promoting crafts by traditional craftsmen, whose families have mastered textile crafts through generations, while contributing to Indian fashion with a royal perspective without any western influences.
“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.