Inspired by a mythical yogi’s memoirs in the land of Blue Kutch, Deepika Govind’s collection called “The Memoir of a Yogi who Loved Blue” was a fascinating colorful vision at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. Using the attire of the beautiful women of Kutch as her ‘blueprint’, Deepika followed their silhouettes – long fluid belted dresses of the Khatri tribe. Layered weaves were embellished with handcrafted tribal ornaments; while the organic Kala Cotton formed the basis of the garments.
Fine Bandhani, tie and dye, Shibori, Ajrakh, centuries old resist print craft in organic dyes, and the ancient Rogan art of hand painting that looked like fine embroidery was the final icing on the ensembles and added to the rustic rural charm of the creations. The Farek and gussets incorporated by Deepika enhanced the beauty of the collection. With such a rich heritage backing the garments, it was but natural that Deepika’s colors were earthy and natural. Mid blue, organic kora, Rudraksh and desert brown, burgundy, mustard and mineral red dazzled on the ramp.
Bandhani was used as placement design and appeared on various parts of the garments to highlight their beauty. It looked fabulous on a one- shoulder dress or a blue Bandhani cover with asymmetrical hem. Mirror work was seen prominently on yokes, long sleeve gown, bolero and the line of sarong pleated skirts with waistcoats were an innovative look at fusion wear with traditional touches. Added to the glamour of the line were the specially designed striking leather accessories by Risa and shoes by Heel and Buckle.
When the 21st century fashionista wants to take a walk down folklore lane; “The Memoirs of a Yogi who Loved Blue” collection by Deepika Govind will add a new dimension and color to her wardrobe.