“Garments aren’t just fashion,” insists designer Karishma Shahani, in town with husband Wasim Khan, an interior/spatial designer, for a three-day workshop at the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD). While Karishma wants budding designers to realise that textiles aren’t just limited to store-bought fabric, husband Wasim wants to teach students the fundamentals of design.
“I work completely with sustainable products,” says Shahani, a graduate of London School of Fashion.
Known for her use of recycled material and eco-friendly textiles, she is of the view that fashion has evolved beyond the use of regular commercial fabrics. “Anything can be used now. I’ve used plastic for a collection I once did, because in Mumbai that’s what I saw everywhere — this overabundance of plastic,” says she.
Her label, Ka Sha, is constantly looking to re-use and recylce products and fabrics. She draws her inspiration from the multi-layered beauty of India, with her collection being a fusion of eastern and western designs, with a burst of colours and medley of prints.
Her collections are an eclectic mix of basic materials with high embellishments or vice-versa, which work surprisingly well despite their contrasting natures. “We aim at creating heirloom pieces in our unique way and our theme broadly is always something to do with India.”
Interior designer Wasim Khan is a Spatial Design graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He, however, prefers not to be called an interior designer. “The term is too restrictive for what I do. My projects are on a larger scale than just designing a resedential area,” says he.
Director at Lemon Design, an independent Indian strategic branding and integrated design consultancy based in Pune, Wasim believes in working with more than one solution for a problem.
So, how do the husband-wife influence each other? “I’m more quirky, he’s more logical,” says Karishma.
“We’re very different from each other, but that’s where our creativity stems from,” says Wasim, further adding, “I’m wearing her design right now!”