Designer outfits and jewellery are the norm every festive season, but artists’ masterpieces in your wardrobe — fancy that?
This festive season, the art fraternity in the Capital is all set to give your style an arty high. From drapes that have works of international contemporary artists to jewellery made with small canvases and Tanjore paintings - artists with the help of local artisans are busy creating artworks that are ready to find their way into your wardrobe from your walls.
Known for its state-of-the- art designs, Andraab in Nizammudin has hand embroidered shawls, jackets and wall art that has works of international artists such as Erik Killi Olsen, Alexander Kori Girard and William Morris. The Kori design has symbols sourced from American artist and designer Girard. Explaining the concept, Mubashir Andraabi says, "We call it the symbols design. It has shades and layers of Indian influences. These symbols represent a mix of Indian culture, religion and street iconography that the artist may have experienced during his stay." Another hit is William Morris’ designs, mainly about the daisy flower. A well known British architect, Morris made a huge impact on literature, design and politics. The daisy is one of Morris’ earliest designs, as well as his most enduring.
Another city-based artist, Alka Raghuvanshi, after a successful exhibit on wearable art in 2010 in Dubai, is coming up with another exhibition in Delhi this month.
On display will be saris, ties, leather bags and stoles that have artworks of five artists. There are also hand blocked silk saris with pigment colours. The statement neck pieces from the collection have painted canvases as small as 2X3 inches tied with semi-precious stones, which makes for a classy piece of jewellery piece. The prices start at Rs 13,000.
Many jewellery designers, too, are experimenting with this concept that combines art and fashion. Tanjore painter and jewellery designer Musskan Agarwaal has created a new range of Tanjore art jewellery. “The works, mainly with the images of God, are hand painted with 14k gold foil,” says Agarwaal of the exhibits, starting at Rs 6,000. Another jewellery designer, Sirjana Singh, has recreated Udaipur heritage paintings on earrings and neckpieces at Rs 3,500 onwards.