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Shibori holds sway

Three designers celebrate the ancient Japanese art of Shibori at an exhibition in Amethyst


Shibori, the traditional Japanese art of hand-dyeing that dates back to the 8th Century is back, this time in the form of chic couture. Nishat Ahmed, Hidden Harmony and Sutra come together to celebrate the ancient craft at an exhibtion in Amethyst.

The limited, yet impressive range of saris, separates and scarves in rich fabrics is distinct for its 3-D effect. Since they are painstakingly created by hand, the pieces are exclusive. There is no repetition in terms of colour schemes or patterns. The multi-dimensional effect comes from the unique technique that involves folding, crushing, twisting by hand and then binding and knotting. Since the fabric itself is exquisitely crafted, there is not much in terms of styling. Be it kurtas, dresses, skirts or tops, they are simple and elegant.

Sonali and Himanshu of Hidden Harmony have worked on contemporary sleek silhouettes and organic patterns. Subtle contrasts, vibrant facings and linings make the creations appealing. That Julie Kagti's heart gravitates towards traditional textiles is evident in her line of saris and scarves under the tag "Sutra". Dyed in refreshing patterns, Nishat's works look like stitches leaving a trail on the fabric. Interesting indeed.

The Shibori line is the latest addition to Amethyst's existing collection of couture from a host of top-notch designers.

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