Sahil Kochhar

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Dhoop chaon which in Hindi translates to light & shadow, is celebration of the Beautiful Sanjhi craft of Mathura.
Sanjhi is a truly unique craft form that features exquisite designs and intricate picture motifs, cut into paper. It is traditionally an art of stenciling from Mathura, used to create decorative rangolis by sifting dry colors through the stencil on to flat surfaces or water.
The term Sanjhi is derived from the Hindi word Sandhya, the period of dusk and the intermingling of light & dark, with which the art form is typically associated.
Sahil’s S/S 15 collection is a of portrayal of this union of positive and negative spaces in paper stencils, through the beauty of the shape, combination of colors, and the intricacy of ornamental patterns which also draw inspiration from modern paper cutting techniques.
The collection exudes an unabashed love for romance; with 3D floral motifs that are beautifully rendered in their signature 3D hand cut petal embroidery. This is coupled with a Corrugated tape fabric which lends it self beautifully to our very own version of the Sanjhi stencil cut work. Silk floss chain stitch embroidery brings to life intricate and ornamental Sanjhi patterns where Colors and motifs fuse with the garments texture in perfect harmony.
Sanjhi’s color palette of lemon yellow, fiery orange, and bold blue is carefully blended into classic combinations with Beige and Pewter, all rendered in three dimensional hand embroideries twinkling under the lights. The collection culminates with Beige coming together with an effervescent carmine red and light gold.
The mood instinctively moves towards a more typically feminine yet edgy aesthetic with form-fitting dresses, brightly-hued numbers, gloriously embellished floor sweeping gowns offering unrelenting glamour with a dash of masculinity through structured jackets and oversized trenches, just stopping short of total androgyny.
This collection in totality is an addition to our constant endeavor to rejuvenate India’s traditional arts and crafts and establish a lasting legacy through its modern interpretations.


SAHIL KOCHHAR

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