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Sonam celebrates magic of the East

The quiet ethereal beauty of the mountain lands is pure, graceful and eternal, much like the design idiom of Sanskar by Sonam Dubal. Dubal went back to his roots in the far away Tibetan mountains to draw upon the spiritual essence of his heritage to create a collection with classic eastern simplicity.
PTI | By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2004 07:57 PM IST

The quiet ethereal beauty of the mountain lands is pure, graceful and eternal, much like the design idiom of Sanskar by Sonam Dubal. Dubal went back to his roots in the far away Tibetan mountains to draw upon the spiritual essence of his heritage to create a collection with classic eastern simplicity.

His clothes had the effortlessness that comes from being uncontrived, and the use of traditional eastern wrap-n-tie technique in his blouses, jackets and skirts was apparent. The subtle drapes incorporated in the skirts, some inspired by the bakhu and pooan, enhanced their appeal, as did the saturated tones of fuchsia, magenta, purple and mauves, set against a black base.

The use of jacquards with bamboo tree patterns, ornate multi-coloured brocades, and silk organzas was effective and appropriate. Hushed glamour came through in the line of layered organza-satin skirts, redefined sarees, Nehru jackets, and waistcoats in black and gold dust colour, embellished with old gold coins and subtle quilting.

A line of fusion wear was also part of the range, with long black tunic coats embroidered in red and white, and worn with easy pajamas and Turkish pants in red and black, teamed with Persian fez caps.

Dubal's simple line didn't fuss around much with surface embellishments. Rather, it concentrated more on dramatic colours to make an impact. Clean and straight cuts with long slit skirts, tunics and pants were the highlights of his work.

The only visible detailing was the extensive use of copper coins on the necklines and large sashes to hold separates together. While wrap-around blouses with saris were interesting, conical Tibetan caps made quite a style statement on the ramp.

Elegantly draped and tailored, the collection was a celebration of Eastern beauty.

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