Shruti Sancheti Brings Back Gandhi's Swadeshi Movement to Lakmé Fashion Week

Ranjit Rodricks , 06 Mar 2013
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti

One of the reasons I personally like Shruti Sancheti’s designs is because she stays away from embellishing her outfits with everything and the kitchen sink. Bling for the sake of being blingy is not her forte and instead, this Nagpur based designer has an ongoing romance with textiles, textures and weaves which make her silhouettes stand out from the rest.

Shruti Sancheti
Shruti Sancheti

Taking this love for indigenous textiles forward, Shruti has been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s swadeshi movement in the British era, for her Lakme Fashion Week collection.

Says Shruti, “My collection is aimed at the restoration of the dying art of weaving and thus the collection (with the support of Maharashtra Weaver’s Board -Indrayani) is aimed at reviving handlooms and to introduce this exquisite art to the new generation, but with a contemporary  twist!”

A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti

With a colour palette than ranges from unbleached white to canary yellow, jade green, fresh red and poppy blue, the base fabric is finely woven cotton with a sheen to the fabric. The extensive use of checks and stripes in English colors depicts the colonial mentality of the period.

A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti
A design by Shruti Sancheti

Shruti has cut her silhouettes in a contemporary and asymmetrical style and has dabbled with a Bengali kantha work to add some surface texture to her designs.

Her show is on Monday 25th March at 1:30pm

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