Kerala handloom gets a tropical update with Jebin Johny's Dida
When speaking to Indulge a couple of years ago, Jebin Johny was a wide-eyed Lakme Gen Next designer smitten by the similarities between Kathakali and Kabuki (the Japanese dance drama). Having made his debut on the runway in 2015, this 20-something managed to win over fashionistas with his vibrant, out-of-the-world prints featuring multi-hued patterns, rendered in whites.While the last collection by his label Jebasispar, a cape-intensive assemblage launched early in 2016, became one of the forerunners in predicting the trend, the youngster’s love for digital prints hasn’t dulled yet. When asked about his latest print-intensive collection titled Dida, the designer explains, “This one explores the relationship between me and my sisters and the bond that connects us even though we are far away. Accepting nature’s rule of separation; settling at a different place, miles apart for greener pastures is a harsh reality.”
Elaborating further on the theme, Jebin points at the motifs highlighted in his collection, which includes cradles, plantains, pineapples and bananas, as an extension of his childhood nostalgia. Owing to his prowess as a calligraphy artist, the motifs were painted by Jebin first and then transferred to the surface using digital
printing technique.While they bring a tropical, playful vibe to his numbers, it is the innovative use of handloom material which makes his collection edgy.“Right from launching my brand at Lakme Fashion Week, I have been sourcing fabrics from different parts of India. It is the key factor for any collection,” shares Jebin, who worked in close association with the artisan community in Kuthampully to bring out Dida. Launched earlier this month, his ensemble features cassocks and saris alongside skirts in umbrella cut and pleated variants listed among its silhouettes. Though he admits that he’s partial to the sari, Jebin’s line features unique ways to styling the same as a cape paired with cassocks. With a huge following from places including Delhi and Kolkata for his minimal yet eclectic pieces, the globetrotting designer is currently working out of Kochi. While his designs are limited to womenswear currently, Jebin hints at venturing into the realm of menswear soon.
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