Reviving Khunn fabric art: Umber, Vaishali Shadangule's Spring/Summer 2020 collection opens up a 'glocal' approach
As a culture that has its depth and meaning in textiles, we tend to dismiss fashion as a flaunt parade. Little do we know where it comes from.
Umber, Vaishali Shadangule's Spring/Summer 2020 collection launched at the New York Fashion Week, opens doors to a more 'glocal' approach (global + local).
With eclectic colours, yet soothing impression, their signature touch: Wearable art, stood out beyond aesthetic.
Their designs of texture, drapes and folds envelope the sheer architecture of the garments.
Intellectually curated silhouettes build a wardrobe to redesign entire lifestyles.
With humble grassroots in a small village, Guledgudda in Karnataka, Vaishali Studio endeavours to build a new-age sensibility towards local weavers and home-spun fabric.
Local experts in ancient art weave Khunn to create styles that aim to boom internationally.
From a fabric that every home in Maharashtra and Karnataka has seen, Vaishali Studio creates innovative forms with a global appeal.
Using a sharp needle and wit, she revives Khunn, recoining elegance in thread work.
The beauty of the fabric is in imprints, narrated in a vocabulary of sun, stars, animals and diamonds.
Home-spun thread work is rhythmic, a clock turning back time, breathing life into this dying fabric with each handloom's motion.
In global identities that we forget so easily, our individuality is often left stranded.
Subtle art is never fanatic; it aims to merge, to blend the traditional into a worldview that appeals to a wider audience.
Vaishali Studio is making a humble attempt to give voice to old local stories in a world where everything is freshly trending.
In this endeavour, each feather-light thread becomes heavier, not as a burden, but as a memory, Khunn, becoming a requiem for tomorrow.