Photo Courtesy- Lakme Fashion Week
The glory of the art of marble inlays and marble cutting was explored in the ‘Sangamar-mar’ collection by Sahil Kochhar at Lakmé Fashion Week, Summer/Resort 2016 on March 30, 2016. Also, this collection was one of my most favourite ones.
The interpretation of the ‘Prachin Kari’ technique, a way of cutting and fitting polished, coloured stones in marble to create images, was presented in a unique way. Fabrics were printed using textures of precious stones, cut into different shapes and then put together to form abstract floral motifs.
The theme definitely shone through the use of geometric jali work patterns displayed through layered net cutwork fabrics and their own style of ivory 3D hand-cut embroidery. Marble cutwork appliqué was elegantly visible on the silk floss chain-stitch embroidery on silk organza.
The hues of semi-precious stones like the blue of the lapis lazuli, aqua of malachite and orange-red of the carnelian, were juxtaposed beautifully with the base of ivory. The silhouettes had an androgynous edge that imposed confidence and grace. Organza gave lightness to shirts and skirts, which were teamed with kaftans and roomy jackets. Everything was ornamented by serrated edging and over voluminous skirts added drama on the ramp.
The surprise start to the show was done by a black shirt dress, which was embellished by fabric florets. The pitch perfect white palette was introduced with a jewel neck cutwork dress with puffed sleeves. An interesting checked patterned matching separates off an asymmetrical top and pencil skirt played peek-a-boo with chromatic floral motifs. The show ended on a serene note with the sheer fit and flare dress beautified by the white-on-white appliqués.
Sahil Kochhar’s ‘Sangamar-mar’ was an alluring attempt at restoration of the ancient art of marble carving but translated into a collection that ensured a lasting impression.