No Grey Area’s latest edit Agni Apaas weaves together everything eclectic, hybrid and quirky

The collection not only explores the dimensions of the Panchabhootas, but juxtaposes Water and Fire in the context of climate change and its effect

author_img Raima Ganguly Published :  24th June 2022 10:37 AM   |   Published :   |  24th June 2022 10:37 AM
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A hoodie from the Agni Apaas collection

Chennai based No Grey Area’s Arnav Malhotra conceptualised the label with the intention of modernising traditional silhouettes while keeping the art of Indian craftsmanship intact. His attempt is reflected in each of the label's edits as it ventures out to explore the true potential of ethnic wear while simultaneously addressing certain social issues faced by today’s generation specifically. The two year old brand’s latest collection Agni Apaas not only explores the dimensions of the Panchabhootas, but juxtaposes Water and Fire in the context of climate change and its effects.

 

 

“We have dealt with the ill effects of technology in a futuristic setting previously through our second edit Listen to the Lies, prior to which Phantasm explored the roots of some majestic mythical creatures that rest quite high up in the food chain, in a very delicate manner. I feel Indian ethnic wear, specifically menswear has not evolved much in the recent past and the fact is quite taken for granted. Through Agni Apaas, we have kept ourselves grounded both in terms of the materials used, and craftsmanship while taking inspiration from traditional silhouettes and giving them a contemporary spin,” shares Arnav, Creative Director of No Grey Area.

 

 

According to Arnav, artist Sayed Haider Raza’s interpretation of Abstract Expressionism through fluent water colours and vibrant hues has inspired the colour palette used in Agni Apaas. The edit sees a dominant use of shades like terracotta orange, saffron and India blue. Keeping in mind how water reacts when exposed to certain elements, a particular print named Water Memory has been conceived, where water is conceived as a living being.

While the edit quite efficiently marries the East and West through a range of t-shirts, polo necks, hoodies, dhoti pants and sweatshirts, a closer look at the trench coats from this edit is sure to evoke a sense of familiarity. The silhouette is inspired from our very own Sherwani, embellished with Kantha and Zardosi embroidery.

 

 

“To further promote climate consciousness, we have resorted to packaging made of recycled paper and organic cotton and ethically sourced fabric and threads for our edits. The threads used in our pieces have been processed out of plastic pet bottles,” adds Arnav.

The label has plans of traversing beyond national boundaries by the end of this year with a whole new range of hybrid silhouettes.

Price: Rs. 7,500 onwards

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