For her latest collection Karishma Shahani takes inspiration from age old Indian Pahari miniature paintings. Famed for their brilliance of color and minute decorative details this form of storytelling conveys tales of mortals, Gods and nature alike. The paintings showcase ornate translucent fabric clad subjects amidst backdrops of nature. The patterned decorative flowers and their romanticized rendering are reminiscent of enchanted gardens laden with tropical flowers and extraordinary creatures weaving stories of love and mysticism in their midst.
Local Indian flora and fauna inspire the artwork of this collection. Layered and fluid silhouettes are made up of reversible, wrap around, bow tied and airy garments that express contemporary luxury. Surface Techniques are translated through Clamp dyed patterns, hand embroidery and hand-printing.
The craft of ‘Chamba Rumals' that relies heavily on miniature paintings for its forms forms the basis for this collection’s embroidery technique; illustrative, colorful, and laden with basic stitches to create artwork. The color palette borrows heavily from the rich pigments in the paintings, ranging from rich red to rose pink, inky blues to sunshine yellows; in hand woven ‘Jaamdanis’, Malkhas, Muslins and ‘cotton Muls'.
Karishma Shahani will be showcasing her SR16 collection, at the upcoming Lakme fashion week in Mumbai on 1st April at 3pm.