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      Method to Madness: Tie & Dye

      Method to Madness: Tie & Dye

      Different cultures at different times discovered the unconventional beauty that is tie & dye. The most recent being the countercultural movement of the 60s and 70s, the ancient African tribes have worn the art with pride for over a thousand years while the Japanese have been shaping world design with Shibori tie & dye ever since 238 BC. In the Indian subcontinent, Bandhani has held a meaningful and expressive place in the local culture ever since 300 BC, as first documented by the travels of Alexander the Great.

      Over five millennia later, the vivid colours and patterns of tie & dye have stood the test of time with their stirring movements and arresting style. Undeniably, there has to be some magic in its making.

      Perhaps the intuitive explanation one can think of is its unfathomably strong connection with the human psyche and spirit. Ever since its inception tie & dye has never been restricted to being a mere pretty drawing on cloth, rather it has been the face of countless identities and movements over centuries. For many it stands as a reflection of their heritage, a symbol of pride when worn to be distinguished as a member of a particular clan or community. In Bandhani, the colours are dyed to represent milestones in the wearer’s life, red for the bride, yellow for the young mother and saffron for the sage. With time and evolution, the ancient artform found itself symbolising a new, fearless and carefree era. It has been the voice of change, representing a new age of free spirits and rulebreakers, eventually becoming for some time, the dress of a generation.

      Tie & dye is also the most prevalent technique in our latest drop, Anomaly. In a nutshell, Anomaly celebrates our intrinsic state of being, one devoid of the carefully crafted exterior moulds we build in order to fall under what is ‘normal, standard or expected”. Its pieces are there to remind us of who we are with our flaws and our eccentricities – anomalously beautiful and strongly individual. There lies a firm and persistent parallel between ‘Anomaly’ and the art of tie & dye. A tie & dye pattern is like a fingerprint, distinct and exceptional. Its colour trails forge their own path as they dance around with the force and fluidity of water. This is most prominent in the technique of ‘distorted’ tie & dye, where the bindings are irregular with no set definition of knots. Distorted tie & dye is perhaps as authentic as design on fabric can get, it is unruly, shapeless and mangled but ever so beautiful.  

      So here we are, once again entrusting this ancient artform to stand as a poignant indication of a new wave. We are going to wear it as a symbol of our pride and acceptance towards ourselves. This time around, tie & dye is here to remind us of our power to forge our own paths and live carefree with the beauty of our flaws and scars. 

      Anomaly

      Anomaly

      /əˈnɒm(ə)li/

      (n.)  something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.

      We’re going to start at the beginning – travel back in time and relearn our past in order to unlearn our way of the present.

      It all began with an explosion, not with a fizzle but with a bang. A cosmic occurrence that occurred out of nowhere led to everything that we have ever known in our realm, undeniably what one may call an ‘anomaly.

      An accidental offering brought by The Big Bang, our planet is perhaps the most peculiar anomaly of them all, a labyrinth of light and liquid, a telluric entity that rotates on an unseen axis.  Some claim it to be a broken piece of a fallen star that has endured countless developments and disruptions over billions of light years in order to sustain life.

      And that brings us to a third equally peculiar anomaly – us. All earthlings possess an individuality uniquely different from one another. We are inherently built to dare and defy what’s ‘normal, standard or expected’ for there is certainly nothing normal, standard or expected about our genesis.

       We’re all an anomaly, we’re irregular, flawed, often untamed and ever-changing. Our bodies speak of the journeys we’ve been on, exhibiting the gravity of our endurance. The lines on our chest, the scars on our waist, our drooping eyes and our swollen backs, our androgynous corners and unfiltered emotions all amount to the beautiful and individual imperfections that we are. They have never meant to lessen us in any regard, they remind us of our firm presence, our energy that charges any space we explore.

      Assertively tailored with an ominous red hue, the satin silk Lucifer Pant Suit

      ‘Anomaly’ weaves the essence of this realization into each fabric. This collection mirrors the stubborn wrinkle that asserts its mark on ageless beauty, its pieces celebrate our anomalously tarnished bodies, enveloping them with a brave reassurance that propels us to embrace our anomalies. 

      ‘Anomaly’ entails an array of shapes and shadows that reflect our true intrinsic state of being – one without facades and inhibitions. Sublime silhouettes with strong stances, along with those that take an uncharacteristically edgy turn encompass this collection meant for the bold and brazen. You will find a wardrobe sown out of satin silk, organic cotton, organza, handwoven cotton and mashru, each fabric attired with handsome details that compliment it best. 

      Moody tie & dye distortions take prevalence in the collection, exuding a different energy with every weave: they come alive as electric currents when paired with the timeless gleam of satin silk; mirror the celestial skies when tinted onto sheer organza or resonate the breeziness of easeful cotton. Distorted tie & dye has a certain fluidity to it that resembles ownership of one’s trajectory. How the shapeless patterns forge their own path; bending and blotching along the way yet showcasing their expedition with unfazed pride.

      The Heavenly Bodies Organza Jacket cloaked over the Orion Dress

      A few pieces come with an unresolved finish with frayed, untied edges that prance around your steps, reminding you to dance to your own outlandish beat. The asymmetrical hemlines brake the standard state of equilibrium, compelling you to find the harmonious balance singular to your own energy. A fairly tight yet stirring spectrum of shades, both fiery and subdued, tint the aura of ‘Anomaly’. From impassioned crimson to pensive blues, the liberation that comes with accepting anomalies is reflected well in all the hues.

      The strength of an anomaly lies in its ability to break the moulds we know and project exceptional beauty in the process. These moulds are our own exteriors and the rules we obey, shaped by the rights and wrongs of a world that we have created. But once broken, they very often take us by surprise and break our chains, forcing us to embrace our anomalies and expect the extraordinary.

      The Art-Fashion Romance

      The Art-Fashion Romance

      It is one of the most long-standing love affairs that we know of. Their predominantly parallel paths occasionally interlace to create some of the most imaginative and emotive pieces destined to stand the test of time. What keeps them close is a deeply rooted desire for self-expression, one that is often devoid of any hesitation to cross cultural borders.

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