'Indian craftsmanship is inimitable'

Australian fashion brand Easton Pearson has been working closely with Indian artisans since 20 years. With the label participating in the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, one half of the designer duo,
Lydia Pearson, talks about their love for Indian textiles and their collection

Q. Your fashion label has had a long-standing association with India. How did it start?
A. My designer partner Pamela Easton and I were introduced to India 20 years ago by our friend and colleague Sudha Patel. We have been coming to Mumbai every six months for the past 20 years. Indian craftsmanship is inimitable and extraordinary. Coming from a country that has a very poor history of embroidery and textiles, to a place where everyone understands weaving, embroidery and decoration is such a miracle. We have honed our skills here and shamelessly utilised every channel we could find. Since we haven’t been brought up with these traditional techniques, we can see them from a different point of view. We can take them out of the traditional mould and make them into something, which is something more modern and less explored.

Designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton and their collection (below)

Q. It’s the first time that you are showcasing in Lakme Fashion Week. Have you attended previous editions of the fashion week?
A. We have attended one of the very first editions of Lakme Fashion Week. At that time, we never imagined that we would be showing our collection here. So we’ve come full circle. We just hope we can offer a point of view to an audience that already has a choice of so many wonderful designers.

Q. Can you tell us a bit about the collection that you will showcase?
A. The show’s called BeBop, which was a jazz movement in the 1950s. It started a whole new movement in jazz that was radical and changed the face of music. We’ll be showcasing what we really love — colour, pattern and light-hearted clothes that can be worn in lots of different ways. We hope our creations will appeal to confident and creative women.

Q. Who are the Indian designers you admire?
A. We love Sabyasachi’s work. He’s so brilliant. Rahul Mishra looks promising and has an amazing future. We also admire Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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