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Introducing... un-gender wear

Delhi-based fashion designer, Swati Kalsi, is all set to retail in the country for the first time, through Bungalow 8, with a unique collection using Sujani embroiderey from Bihar

We were first introduced to designer Swati Kalsi’s works in 2013, during a fashion week in the city, where it received a loud applause. Since then, we’ve been waiting to see more of her work in Mumbai.

Some Maths, the collection by Swati Kalsi can be worn by both men and women
Some Maths, the collection by Swati Kalsi can be worn by both men and women

The Delhi-based designer’s absence from fashion stores across India is largely because she has been creating commissioned pieces; this she tells us during her current visit to Mumbai for the launch of her collection, Some Maths. Like her previous works, Some Maths too uses Sujani embroidery for surface texturing on tussar silk in delectable colours.

“I was working on a World Bank Project for the upliftment of Indian craftsmen, and Sujani was given to me then. I have since been working on it extensively. The technique of the running stitch remains the same, though the inspiration makes the result different.

I have been inspired by the gradation, depths and variations you see in textures in nature and have reproduced what exists, already,” says the designer.

Do the math
The silhouttes of this gender-neutral collection are inspired by traditional Indian costumes and some from outside cultures as well. “I decided to introduce some order into the fluidity, which is why the simple structures and the name ‘Some Maths’. When you do the math, you are supposed to think rationally, which means equality in social terms as well. Hence, the un-gendered clothes,” says Kalsi. The collection will be presented through a bamboo installation at
the store.

Till: July 30
At: Bungalow 8, Wankhede Stadium, North Stand, E & F Block, D Road, Churchgate.
Call: 22819880

About Sujani
Sujani is a quilting method from Bihar that joins worn out sarees and other garments using a running stitch. This stitch is also used to create different motifs for patterns on the quilt used to wrap a newborn, or for other garments. The Sujani cloth is used in rituals to invoke the presence of a deity, Chitriya Ma, the lady of the tatters. The term is derived from ‘su’, which means easy, and ‘jani’, which means birth.

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