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ABRAHAM THAKORE
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Abraham and Thakore — founded by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore — is acclaimed for the seamless combination of handcrafted textiles and astringent futurism that characterises their collections. As expected, casual sophistication ruled their runway at Amazon India Fashion Week. I couldn't help being in reverence of the sheer creativity with which they presented workwear i.e. focusing on ​stylish, handwoven handprinted cotton separates that can be worn right from the corporate office and boardroom meetings to the humble office!

 

As the first looks came out, it was apparent the duo exemplifies effortless elegance — languid and layered. Even with a monochromatic palette, they managed to command attention with a spin on classic Indian silhouettes—we loved the white kurta with a red tie; the pin-striped kurta shirt; and of course the creatively draped saree worn with a formal shirt—all accessorised with footwear which had elements of the brogue and the mojri!

 

There's more!! In sync with a vision ''to keep traditional handmade craft desirable and sought after,'' Abraham and Thakore sent male and female models on the catwalk in similar looks—most looks were interchangeable! What do I love the most? Their commitment to classic silhouettes and integration of traditional textile craft with globally relevant design, that in turn create employment opportunities for small craft clusters. Salut.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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