Ancient Maharashtrian Weaves Insipre Shruti Sancheti's Winter 2013 Collection

Ranjit Rodricks , 23 Jul 2013
A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week
A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week

Nagpur-based designer Shruti Sancheti is one of the foremost names in Indian fashion for her Indo-western silhouettes which are fashioned from hand-woven fabrics, all painstakingly designed by her. Whatsmore is that she provides employment and overall welfare and security to the rural weavers, making her clothes that much more special.

Shruti Sancheti with weavers
Shruti Sancheti with weavers

The inspiration of her collection at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week is Maharashtra and she has tied up with Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation to put together a collection of clothes, using only traditional Maharashtrian weaves and motifs.

A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week
A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week

Says Shruti, “I have been working since the past one year on my Lakme Fashion Week A/W 13 collection, called Saaj. I have striven to revive the ancient, abandoned weaves of the region by using the lesser known and humble (but equally intricate and impeccable) weaves like the untapped but magnificent Shahpuri, Rasta, Narli, Ruiphool, Karvatkati, and Jyot.”

A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week
A design by Shruti Sancheti for Lakme Fashion Week

Shruti also draws inspiration from the glorious Paithani weave but uses it as a form of embroidery rather than the conventional weave.

Shruti Sancheti with weavers
Shruti Sancheti with weavers

Keeping the Marathi penchant for vibrancy, the colour palette is warm and festive with accents of liquid gold, scintillating crimson, fuchsia, emerald greens, radiant indigo blue, and vivacious purples, combined with unconventional patterns derived from motifs like peacocks, Maharastrian nose rings (naths) and karvats.

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