Many of us are still reeling under a fashion week hangover, and as back-to-back shows conclude in the Capital, we re-visit craftsmanship that left an impact. While designers experimented with everything — from interesting Victorian influences and experimental silhouettes to the done oft, staple ‘couture’— there were some that stood out for their aesthetics.
Designer couple Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s revivalist artwork was successful in lacing the runway with grace, prompting us to find out more about Awadhi craftsmanship, that they employ in their designs. When we spoke to Meera, she told us about the home-reaped inspiration.
“Muzaffar’s mother used to have tailors at her palace in Kotwara, who made the clothes. These tailors and their families then became a part of the extended family, and were looked after like kins. So our designs have inherent, home-grown aesthetic of their own,” Meera told us. Getting into the art, the designer, who is also an architect by profession, enlightened us further. “Poetry, craft, costume, music — the rulers of Awadh in the past patronised and promoted all of these. Chikankari, zardozi, weaving, all of these have evolved as art and we infuse these in our clothes. Dressing did not only mean adorning, but also included the art of draping. Farshi pyjamas, angrakhas, choga, use of brocades — is a part of that influence.”