Dori Designs’ Festive Edit focuses on Ilkal fabrics and Kasuti work
A REVIVAL of the traditional handlooms of Karnataka, woven seamlessly into contemporary designs — that is what Dori Designs is all about. Dori is a slow-fashion brand that aims to celebrate the regional Ilkal fabrics and Kasuti embroidery to provide its customers hand-crafted, natural clothing.“I wanted to do something on my own, and I felt that going back to my roots was the best way to go about it,” says Nikitha Satish, the founder.
The fabrics are woven by artisans from North Karnataka, who work under Kaikrafts (an NGO originating in Aminagad) and Charaka (a women’s co-operative). Clothes by Dori mostly use cotton and art silk materials. “One of our biggest endeavours is to promote slow fashion — because design should be sustainable and not just follow trends”, says Nikitha. Keeping this in mind, their new line, Festive Edit 2018, was released last month. “The generic idea is loud jewellery, bright colours and heavy clothing for festivities. We wanted to redefine this by crafting easy-going, comfortable clothes which fulfil both needs — comfort and style,” she offers. The collection boasts rich colours, elegant embroidery and lots of movement. The key pieces include the Palazzo Sari, the Blue Flared Dress and the Orange Overlap Crop Top with Palazzo.
The Palazzo Sari has garnered a lot of interest among buyers ever since the collection went live. It includes a palazzo, a crop top and a checkered pallu, all of which can also be worn individually. Festive Edit is a shift from their previous collections, which had soft cotton handlooms in earthy, soothing colours, making a quiet statement. Their Men’s line Su’i (Hindi for needle) is also gearing up for a revival next month, and will have clothes made from naturally-dyed handwoven cotton.