Amity Students: Combining Heritage Indian Arts with Challenging Textures for Fashion Week

Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.

– Carolina Herrera.

Keeping this quote in mind, student of Amity School of Fashion Designing and Technology Mumbai, Miss Aksshaya Venkat showcased her debut collection titled Chitra Varnan on the platform of Bombay Times Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2020.

Her collection spoke about traditional Indian arts, painstakingly woven and painted in order to promote Slow Fashion. The theme of the collection was Greek-o-Bohemian, which had hand painted Kalamkari inspired from the famous motif of the β€˜tree of life,’ and the beauty of nature with elements of flora and fauna with vivid traditional colours. The collection had elements of leather which was laser cut and intricately woven into a handmade fabric. Mixing masculine fabrics such as leather with soft feminine fabrics like silk made it even more creative and special to the designer. The accessories were made with feathers, beads and leather braids which complimented perfectly with the entire Greek-o-Bohemian appeal.

Chitra Varnan is one of my dearest works. Mixing leather weaving and hand painted silk Kalamkari was challenging but the outcome was wholesome and beautiful. The ‘tree of life’ motif used in the garments, is very symbolic to my journey from being a student to entering the fashion industry. It’s been my dream to bring in more unique combinations of rich heritage Indian arts and crafts into my future collections because they are to be treasured and preserved for the future generations.

Designer Aksshaya Venkat

The designer-student Aksshaya, with perseverance, determination and the help of faculty members and students of ASFDT, successfully showcased her debut collection at BTFW 2020.


Authors:
Deeplaxmi Naik
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Editors:
Dona Ajay
2nd Year, Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Sonal Dalvi
2nd Year, Textile Design

Photographers:
Andrew Joseph
2nd Year, Masters in Fashion Design
Sushrut Koche,
Photography Team,
Amity University Mumbai.

Special thanks to:
Tanveer Khan Photography.


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