Designer Sakshi Kohli’s collection titled Hathkargha (The Handloom House) got reviews from fashionistas and critiques at the just concluded Asian Designers Week.
Creating highbrow aspiration, turning handlooms, including Khadi, into affordable luxury for a discerning clientele, fashionising the weave, modernizing the handwoven sari, launching sustainable businesses with weaving clusters—designers have been introducing an urban sensitivity to handlooms for a very long time. Young and vibrant Sakshi Kohli of Varanasi is the latest talent to join this bandwagon of designers who have been crusading handlooms into affordable luxury. Sakshi showcased her latest line of ensembles in a collection titled ‘HathKargha’ (The Handloom House) that comprised of handwoven Anarkalis, Lehengas, saris, kurtas and long dresses, at the just concluded Asian Designers Week at the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi.
Here’s detailed information on the dresses showcased in the show:
1. Pink Brocade Anarkali
A wise person once said- “dress how you want to be addressed”. We chose this pink Banarasi brocade fabric for the royalty it brings when stitched with our precision & care. Dress up and be treated like royalties by everyone you encounter.
2. White lehenga
A beautiful dress can be as exciting as a poem. This time we chose to write this poetry on Banarasi undyed raw silk with woven zari bootas through beautiful embroidery on the borders & latkans to make you shine like the moonlight on a moonless night.
3. Banarasi Paan
Oscar Wilde — ‘One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.’
When one wears this green khaddi fabric anarkali with the double khaddi Banarasi dupatta, she actually becomes our ‘work of art’. Its Banaras that weaves its magic into this dhoop chaanv brocade panel lehenga. To add more exclusivity to this we have adorned it with subtle embroidery and latkans. A must have for a graceful bride.
4. Green Khaddi Anarkali
Wanna make people turn green with envy? This khaddi front cut anarkali suit with red khaddi double zari dupatta as cherry on the top is a must have ensemble in your wardrobe this wedding season. From copper to gold to silver, we have it all in this outfit.
5. Orange Anarkali with khaddi dupatta
Georgette is a girls first love and we know it pretty well. Imagine georgette embellished with golden zari ..it then becomes Banarasi Khaddi. This orange khaddi anarkali suit with hand painted dupatta is sure to give you some serious Banarasi goals this wedding season to justify your uniqueness in this normal world.
6. Orange Green Lehenga*
A julaha (weaver) geometrically weaves the brocade with zari & then dyes it in narangi. …& thus becomes a fabric of a color which is the color of Banaras ie Narangi. This narangi lehenga paired with a raw silk forest green color choli embellished with zardozi & thread work and a Banarasi zari dupatta makes you carry Banaras unto you this festive season.