A Swadeshi Dress Fit for Downtown New York

NEW DELHI: Designer Payal Singhal’s “Taj” collection, presented at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai earlier this week, is inspired by the fine detailing and intricate patterns of filigree, jaali work and floral inlays seen in Islamic architecture.

The collection is influenced by the interplay between “swadeshi” dress codes and sartorial styles for women set in the backdrop of the extravagant lifestyle of colonial India. Singhal, who started her clothing line in India in 2000, has chosen to combine contemporary urban silhouettes, swadeshi home woven Indian textiles and exquisite fine design.

Silhouettes include silken Sufi falda pants worn with structured cholis, buttery mul saris with free-flowing kurtas, short anarkali kurtas with voluminous salwars and asymmetric tunic-blouses with traditional saris in silks, katarva cottons and benarasi and mul silks. The delicate detailing of the patterns are embellished with resham, silver and gold taar, pita kora and filigree or jaali work in trellis patterns.

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