Lakshmi Srinath’s Tvam Studio has a new location and saris inspired by summer flowers
Knowing city-based fashion designer Lakshmi Srinath’s fine sense of aesthetics, when she told us that she had relocated her store, the Tvam Art and Design Studio, to her garage — we didn't bat an eyelid. And sure enough the new place turns out to be as swanky, if not swankier than before.
The grungy brick wall running across the 2,000 sq ft studio gives a rustic and earthy vibe that is complemented with interesting paintings. The run-along counter displays her own, as well as city-based sculptor and artist Rajny Krishnan’s jewellery as part of the collaboration for the launch. The racks are laden with cheerful drapes in yellow, orange, green and pink.
Lakshmi tells us how she decided to say it with flowers to celebrate the new store. “This collection of mull saris and Chanderi tissue saris is inspired by summer flowers,” says the designer, who is a Fine Arts major from Stella Maris College and has been a designer for over 25 years. She also goes on to add that these are single edition pieces and each sari is hand dyed using the Japanese shibori technique, which involves folding, dyeing and bunching the cloth.
Motifs inspired from flowers like lotus, helikonia, vada malli, Rangoon malli and marigold among others make an appearance through intricate designs on the saris. Expect an amalgamation of technique and
expertise, says Lakshmi about her designs in both — drape and jewellery.
She further adds how mixed media makes her jewellery designs an eclectic journey — featuring bits and bobs from around the house that she could envisage as an ornament. “If I see a piece of wire near me, I simply pick it up and put it together, to make different designs for jewellery,” says, Lakshmi, adding how ordinary everyday materials can also inspire her. Without revealing much, Lakshmi lets on that she is already working on her next collection and it should be out in August or September.
Rs 8,000 upwards for saris.
Rs 1,500 upwards for jewellery.