The epic love story of Prithiviraj Chauhan and Samyukta has long-enthralled history buffs. The strong-headed queen received enviable praise and her ethereal beauty was eyed by all the kings of Delhi and the Rajputana. The
culture of Kannauj, her birthplace in Rajasthan; and her lifestyle in Delhi after her marriage is reflected in her manifestation. Vaya’s new collection Samyutka, is inspired by this tale.
Samyutka means union, and the collection is one such lyrical union of Indian culture and textile history. Fashion designer Gaurang, has utilised the surkh colour of sindoor, which completes this woven mastery and narrates the story of weaves. Like the queen, the collection is for the bride who is headstrong yet rooted to her heritage. The beau, too, is chivalrous, yet someone who celebrates his culture with pride.
Working with over 700 weavers and artisans, Gaurang has composed a bridal collection straight from the folklore of medieval India. Handwoven textiles like kanjeevaram, khadi, uppada, paithani, banarasi, patan patola, kota and dhakai are designed by Gaurang. These beautiful creations get a further aesthetic boost with hand embroideries such as zardosi, gota, doria, marodi, aari and chikankari. This collection, too, is a rendering of his passion for the Indian heritage textiles, which has been translated into bridal silhouettes such as anarkalis, lehengas and kurtas. There will also be his signature jamdani sarees for the bride-to-be and tailored ensembles for the bridegroom.
Founded five years ago by Mira Sagar, Vaya has been a gateway for handwoven and handcrafted heritage textiles by bridging the gap between the weavers and a niche clientele that values traditional textiles. It all began with a humble store in Bandra in 2010, and expanded its branches to Colaba in 2014. Together with Gaurang, Sagar has been creating handwoven contemporary masterpieces.
At: Vaya at Jeevan Kiran, SV Road, lane of National College, Bandra (W), Mumbai - 50.
Vaya at Tanna House annexe, opposite YMCA, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba, Mumbai - 1.