Ritu Kumar styles up Kochi

Monday, 18 July 2011

Kochi was treated to a Ritu Kumar show recently. The clothes were trendy, with a modern silhouette and quite funky to meet the changing needs of the new generation. The collection comprised a palette of earthy colors combined with metallic effects, ranging from warm hues of terracotta, burgundy and red to shades of fuchsia, purple and the auspicious gulabras to calming jade and turquoise. Ritu Kumar’s bridal collection depicting the Indian tradition of embroidery was also available. The traditional metallic effects of the bridal collection are created with a mixture of antique zardozi, aari, gota and patti work often with both gold and silver.

The collection is aimed at representing and underlining the skills of the handloom weavers of India, who are the repository of centuries old motifs and textiles. This couture wear celebrates the textiles of India which are embellished by approximately 16 million practicing crafts people of the subcontinent. The project is an initiative of her son Amrish Kumar. Ritu Kumar is known for her intricate and delicate craftsmanship. Her fashion sensibilities are traditional yet rooted in contemporary concerns.