The collection was called “Thar” and Shruti Sancheti ensured that the smouldering beauty of her inspiration was reflected in her collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Working creatively with Shibori, the look was rustically nomadic along with the unique stitch resistant technique of the Nebsarai village. The ombré effects and Shibori patterns played a magical melody with the Sindhi Tanka or Kutch stitch, which is a trademark of the region.
Adding negative appliqués, herringbone, chain and buttonhole stitches; Shruti brought in the handloom fabrics and a melange of colours like red, fuchsia, deep orange, mango yellow, indigo, royal purple, emerald and mixed them with olive, tangerine and peach.
Opening the show to the drum beats of the Thar region the youthful dancer Vaishali, swirled gracefully on the stage recreating the atmosphere of the culture. The designer displayed saris, worn with Jodhpuri pants, cowl trousers, ijjars or churidars creating an
unconventional duo. Shruti gave angarkhas, ghaghris, chogas, quilted jackets, kedia cholis and beautiful asymmetric maxis her distinct touches. There was a mix and match quality in the separates to create different looks.
The layering of the garments ‐ at time 3 or 4 for one entry was done with amazing skill as the different colours, silhouettes and styles came together seamlessly to create magic on the ramp. Asymmetric hemlines were a favourite for the tunics and kurtas, which were teamed with slim or flowing pants. Tiny sexy boleros looked very stylish with cholis; while front drapes for the dresses with square cut‐out backs added interesting detailing directions. Asymmetric smocks with embroidered collars, long embellished
bibs for kurtas over skirts and the heavily embroidered sherwanis and lehengas gave a festive touch to the collection.
Making a dramatic show stopping entry at the end of the show was designer and politician, Shaina NC in a beautiful fuchsia printed sari with lavish work.
Giving the beauty of textiles and the craft from the Thar region a fashionable direction, Shruti Sancheti presented a colourful and striking collection to mark Indian Textile Day.