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Krishna Mehta views regional tradition as a strength. 'The all-handloom all-women weaving culture in Imphal Valley which has so beautifully preserved its tradition fills me with awe. My representation of its fabrics on the catwalk speak a different language.. my language.. the beauty and versatility that I see in transforming these fabrics from everyday wear to a sherwani or lehenga'' she reveals. As expected, Krishna Mehta's balance between her signature style and regional tradition led us on an intellectual journey. Far from stereotypes, her interpretation of Imphal's culture was not an ethnological one but one designed for a traveler whose identity is a modern blend of cultural references.

The show opened with a flute recital followed by folk music as models who showcased garments crafted from hand-woven tribal weaves in silk, wool and tweed. Closer inspection revealed excellent handiwork representing exhaustive work. The designer maintains an architect's eye for detail, a precision and no-holds-barred approach to classic glamour i.e. saris with ornate waistcoats, embroidered woven cropped tops over wide pants and cotton lehengas with four-button kurtis. We loved the black and white knee-length sherwanis and crinckle maxi with a polka dot embroidered bolero. There were chic options for men too: shot silk embroidered kurtas and printed lungis with solid color waistcoats. A fab collection!


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