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Indian designers have gone back to their roots, while acknowledging the momentous developmental changes within the country that was once a textile land. Our designer profiles and mini-podcasts take you behind the scenes and into their processes.

Suket Dhir

Designer

In his pieces, there is a celebration of Indian arts and crafts—from traditional weaves to high art, from ancient sculptures to their renderings in modern silhouettes.

Suket Dhir
Suket Dhir
Suket Dhir

Swatti Kapoor

Designer

Philosophy, poetry, and painting find a home in Swatti’s deeply intertextual work.

Swatti Kapoor
Swatti Kapoor
Swatti Kapoor

CountryMade

Designer

A theatre of war and its correspondences paint a portrait of the other.

Country Made
Country Made
Country Made

Dhruv Vaish

Designer

Complacency is an anathema to fashion, to be comfortable around skin is its epitome.

Dhruv Vaish
Dhruv Vaish
Dhruv Vaish

Anushe Pirani

Designer

Behind the serenity of a garment there is always an idea in sleepless turmoil.

Anushe Pirani
Anushe Pirani
Anushe Pirani

Mason and Mill

Designer

A cool brickwork corner of a factory is where Mason and Mill began. The idea was to create clothes of an easygoing kind that the designer could herself wear in the swelter of a Mill.

Hemji

Designer

Surrounded by the clairvoyance of gemstones and combined with a love for the handloom, Hemji chooses to put all the elemental energies of air, water, earth and sun into its fabric. There is no right way to wear a Hemji, one is free to experiment.

Paher

Designer

Texture itself is imperfect and there is no such thing as plain. Knowing that the perfection of handmade is in its imperfection, Paher’s aestheticism marries the modern to the handmade.

Basant Kothi

Designer

Being minimal and simple evades the question of categorising oneself into the genres of high and low fashion.  Basant Kothi moves towards sustainable choices with a neutral and clean aesthetic which is highly understated.

Basant Kothi

Mapcha

Designer

Mapping the visual language systems of the Himalayas and intermingling these with Buddhist iconography is the sort of stuff that Lhanzey Palden does with Mapcha. If there was a wearable ode to Ladakh and Tibet, Mapcha is its bard.

Designer

Saphed

Designer

Shirin Salwan’s garments, with its clean lines and muted colours, embody the Esprit Nouveau of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, the designer’s home city.

Designer

Adheera

Designer

Adheera crafts garments that are earthy and free-flowing with delicate shibori designs, in a process that is deeply rooted in sustainability.

Designer

Arun Khatua

Artisan

The versatility of handmade is seen clearly in the work of women that Arun Khatua employs at the Belun Hasta Shilp Kuti Society.

Arun
Arun
Arun

Kilchu

Designer

For Kilchu, inspirations are almost always quirky and close at hand. A little found object could be the seed idea to an entire collection. Yet, Kilchu aims at not only being spontaneous but also by responding to nature and what’s contemporary.

Lal Design Studio

Designer

The coastal town of Pondicherry—its buildform, cornices and vivid colours—has been a constant inspiration for Bidisha Samantaray at Lal Design Studio.

Urvashi Kaur

DESIGNER

Urvashi Kaur’s clothing, with its structured cuts and fluid silhouettes, embodies an aesthetic that is gender fluid and trans-seasonal.

Ka-Sha

Designer

Voluminous yet sustainable, Ka-Sha works on the blank canvas of kora kapda or the plain white cloth. With her brand, designer Karishma Shahani brings back the maximalist urge, although with restraint.

SWGT

Designer

With her brand being a process laid out in the first letters of the words ‘Seeker, Wander, Gatherer and Thinker’, Shweta Gupta is a master of moving forms, as the body moves, there is a kind of fluidity inspired by the sharp light and shade one observes in the Himalayas.

O'Frida

Designer

The pure freedom of free visualisation is the name of the game for Rini Agarwal, the founder of O’Frida. Her process is a painstaking recreation of a visual dream.

sonal ben

artisan

Sonal Mehta works with marginalised communities in Gujarat, particularly the Kotwalia bamboo workers of Dang, empowering them with modern bamboo utilisation techniques.

Raffughar

Designer

Unabashedly political and contemporary, Rather’s work stems from his Kashmiri identity. The art of Raffu, or the healing of fabric, is melded through Raffughar’s alchemy to speak of the travails of an uncertain life in the valley.

Eka

Designer

Line Outline

Designer

Line Outline is a cry against what the designer Deepit Chugh calls ‘hardcore mass’ retail, where the choice of clothes that men can wear is severely limited in range and imagination. Line Outline is an attempt at changing this state of affairs.

Aeka by Anupriya

Designer

Aeka is Sanskrit for the number one. It denotes the matchless zeal with which the brand approaches linen, the designer’s favourite fabric, to make sustainable designs for young and environmentally conscious consumers.

Fool Dost

Designer

Fool Dost works with artisan communities from Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, amalgamating their work with Laura Halliwell’s cuts and silhouettes.

Terra Tribe

Designer

Charmee Ambavat works with a colour palette that has been long disregarded in the annals of fashion: the many shades of brown, green and white.

November noon

Designer

November Noon is an attempt by the designer Deepak Shah at bringing heritage handloom closer to the younger generation. His outfits are replete with traditional and modern motifs.

JoB

Artisanal Designer

Journey of Object's home brand is what happens when journalism meets design, when stories are transformed into a Journalism of Touch.

Mina Ben

ARTISAN

Mina Ben burst into the scene with a hat seen on Hailey Bieber's head on the cover of American Vogue. Since then, there has been no looking back.

Aseem Kapoor

DESIGNER

Aseem Kapoor encourages you to “think global, act tribal,” in a celebration of fashion that connects beyond borders.

Vijendra Chhipa

Artisan

A work that carries with it a certain mindfulness takes the artisan away from all the humdrum of mechanisation.

Vijendra Chhita
Vijendra Chhipa
Vijendra Chhipa

Suket Dhir

Designer

In his pieces, there is a celebration of Indian arts and crafts—from traditional weaves to high art, from ancient sculptures to their renderings in modern silhouettes.

Suket Dhir
Suket Dhir
Suket Dhir

Swatti Kapoor

Designer

Philosophy, poetry, and painting find a home in Swatti’s deeply intertextual work.

Swatti Kapoor
Swatti Kapoor
Swatti Kapoor

CountryMade

Designer

A theatre of war and its correspondences paint a portrait of the other.

Country Made
Country Made
Country Made

Dhruv Vaish

Designer

Complacency is an anathema to fashion, to be comfortable around skin is its epitome.

Dhruv Vaish
Dhruv Vaish
Dhruv Vaish

Anushe Pirani

Designer

Behind the serenity of a garment there is always an idea in sleepless turmoil.

Anushe Pirani
Anushe Pirani
Anushe Pirani

Mason and Mill

Designer

A cool brickwork corner of a factory is where Mason and Mill began. The idea was to create clothes of an easygoing kind that the designer could herself wear in the swelter of a Mill.

Hemji

Designer

Surrounded by the clairvoyance of gemstones and combined with a love for the handloom, Hemji chooses to put all the elemental energies of air, water, earth and sun into its fabric. There is no right way to wear a Hemji, one is free to experiment.

Paher

Designer

Texture itself is imperfect and there is no such thing as plain. Knowing that the perfection of handmade is in its imperfection, Paher’s aestheticism marries the modern to the handmade.

Basant Kothi

Designer

Being minimal and simple evades the question of categorising oneself into the genres of high and low fashion.  Basant Kothi moves towards sustainable choices with a neutral and clean aesthetic which is highly understated.

Basant Kothi

Mapcha

Designer

Mapping the visual language systems of the Himalayas and intermingling these with Buddhist iconography is the sort of stuff that Lhanzey Palden does with Mapcha. If there was a wearable ode to Ladakh and Tibet, Mapcha is its bard.

Designer

Saphed

Designer

Shirin Salwan’s garments, with its clean lines and muted colours, embody the Esprit Nouveau of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, the designer’s home city.

Designer

Adheera

Designer

Adheera crafts garments that are earthy and free-flowing with delicate shibori designs, in a process that is deeply rooted in sustainability.

Designer

Arun Khatua

Artisan

The versatility of handmade is seen clearly in the work of women that Arun Khatua employs at the Belun Hasta Shilp Kuti Society.

Arun
Arun
Arun

Kilchu

Designer

For Kilchu, inspirations are almost always quirky and close at hand. A little found object could be the seed idea to an entire collection. Yet, Kilchu aims at not only being spontaneous but also by responding to nature and what’s contemporary.

Lal Design Studio

Designer

The coastal town of Pondicherry—its buildform, cornices and vivid colours—has been a constant inspiration for Bidisha Samantaray at Lal Design Studio.

Urvashi Kaur

DESIGNER

Urvashi Kaur’s clothing, with its structured cuts and fluid silhouettes, embodies an aesthetic that is gender fluid and trans-seasonal.

Ka-Sha

Designer

Voluminous yet sustainable, Ka-Sha works on the blank canvas of kora kapda or the plain white cloth. With her brand, designer Karishma Shahani brings back the maximalist urge, although with restraint.

SWGT

Designer

With her brand being a process laid out in the first letters of the words ‘Seeker, Wander, Gatherer and Thinker’, Shweta Gupta is a master of moving forms, as the body moves, there is a kind of fluidity inspired by the sharp light and shade one observes in the Himalayas.

O'Frida

Designer

The pure freedom of free visualisation is the name of the game for Rini Agarwal, the founder of O’Frida. Her process is a painstaking recreation of a visual dream.

sonal ben

artisan

Sonal Mehta works with marginalised communities in Gujarat, particularly the Kotwalia bamboo workers of Dang, empowering them with modern bamboo utilisation techniques.

Raffughar

Designer

Unabashedly political and contemporary, Rather’s work stems from his Kashmiri identity. The art of Raffu, or the healing of fabric, is melded through Raffughar’s alchemy to speak of the travails of an uncertain life in the valley.

Eka

Designer

Line Outline

Designer

Line Outline is a cry against what the designer Deepit Chugh calls ‘hardcore mass’ retail, where the choice of clothes that men can wear is severely limited in range and imagination. Line Outline is an attempt at changing this state of affairs.

Aeka by Anupriya

Designer

Aeka is Sanskrit for the number one. It denotes the matchless zeal with which the brand approaches linen, the designer’s favourite fabric, to make sustainable designs for young and environmentally conscious consumers.

Fool Dost

Designer

Fool Dost works with artisan communities from Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, amalgamating their work with Laura Halliwell’s cuts and silhouettes.

Terra Tribe

Designer

Charmee Ambavat works with a colour palette that has been long disregarded in the annals of fashion: the many shades of brown, green and white.

November noon

Designer

November Noon is an attempt by the designer Deepak Shah at bringing heritage handloom closer to the younger generation. His outfits are replete with traditional and modern motifs.

JoB

Artisanal Designer

Journey of Object's home brand is what happens when journalism meets design, when stories are transformed into a Journalism of Touch.

Mina Ben

ARTISAN

Mina Ben burst into the scene with a hat seen on Hailey Bieber's head on the cover of American Vogue. Since then, there has been no looking back.

Aseem Kapoor

DESIGNER

Aseem Kapoor encourages you to “think global, act tribal,” in a celebration of fashion that connects beyond borders.

Vijendra Chhipa

Artisan

A work that carries with it a certain mindfulness takes the artisan away from all the humdrum of mechanisation.

Vijendra Chhita
Vijendra Chhipa
Vijendra Chhipa
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