From natural dyes to aesthetic cuts, designer Dipti Mrinalini’s new collection is one you shouldn’t miss
Handspun weaves like khadi, unbridled tier dresses that allow plenty of room, and colours inspired by the green and blue of the mountains — that’s how you’d best describe city-based designer Dipti Mrinalini’s latest collection. The summer edit titled, Journeying Into The Soul, is all about shunning pretences and making more sustainable choices in fashion.
“The textiles, surface design techniques, dyeing techniques and weaving techniques, silhouettes are all inspired by my voyages to the hilly terrains,” says the designer who started her label around 2017 with just one artisan and a makeshift studio in her garage. Her work is rooted in eco-friendly Indian textiles, something she acquired as she grew up in a household that loved handloom. “I have also worked closely with small scale entrepreneurs as a development professional with an NGO in Hubli, Karnataka. That furthered my interest in handwoven fabric,” says the designer, adding that one can shop for crop tops, skirts, tunics, trousers, overlays, shrugs and jumpsuits from her latest line-up. The designs — asymmetrical hemlines, ruffles on the seams lend a dreamy quality to the pieces. “This time, I have sourced lightweight mul mul from Phulia, in West Bengal. Also, there’s cotton jacquard to add texture and khadi sourced from weavers in Andhra Pradesh,” says the former National Institute of Fashion Technology student.
With this collection, Dipti also wanted to create layering as an option for summers. There are long overlays for versatility and summer dresses that flatter any body type. The colours that one can spot in the collection are again inspired by the mountains, hence green and blue are predominant. The ensembles are now available at her studio in Banjara Hills.
Rs 2,500 onwards.