With two timeless fabrics as their base, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam presented their “Chauraha” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015’s Indian Handlooms and Textile Day! Using Dhonekali from West Bengal and the Gamcha, these designers created some interesting new looks!
Dhonekali is a fabric with its unusual twisted yarn that is normally found in the pallav. The Gamcha, the other selection was a very interesting unstitched fabric/garment of the country with multiple uses, which is carried by men and women throughout the year for different purposes. The designing duo used them in a color palette of black, white and red checked pattern along with hand woven cotton that created a fashionable stir on the runway as the models glided down. From interesting draped tunics and dresses to cowl pants and striking tops; the collection made optimum use of these two very humble textiles.
Construction was at its extreme best. Starting with an attached necklace to a multi panel dress, the looped tunic, a great buttoned down onesie with a detached collar and jumpsuit tunic. The extended kurta maxi dress with attached dupatta, Jaffa pants, shirt-jacket dress, a shift with an attached cape and a lop sided top were some more eye- catchers. The designing duo did not control their creativity as the asymmetrical kurta with shoulder drape and the layered maxi completed the cool but very rustic collection.
When fashion followers want to dwell deep into rustic culture and bring popular fabrics into their wardrobes, the “Chauraha” collection by Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam will satisfy their sartorial needs.