Jewelry is the perfect spice that enhances a garment-soup, they say. What is a finely woven satin pochette without its sparkling buckle?! Clothes and metals have long woven classic tales together, which designers covet to discover. 'The Wardrobe,' an exhibitor's collective from Maradu, Kochi is bringing down to the south, the finesse of hand-crafted ethnic precious-metal ornamentation from the house of 'Amrapali,' an internationally acclaimed Indian jewelry brand.
Their majestic designs share space with the best 'Raw Mango,' the designer bag and garment store. The exhibition that starts on July 28 at Hotel Avenue Center, Kochi, will be for a week. It will have hand-picked designs of acclaimed couture designer Sanjay Garg.
“The Wardrobe is associating with Raw Mango and Amrapali together, for the first time,” says Tracy Thomas, CEO, The Wardrobe. “This is indeed a massive effort for us, as both the brands are global players in the realms they operate. Designer Sanjay Garg's choices from Raw Mango's rich range of designs would make our venue versatile and resourceful,” she said.
Tracy added that the exhibition will include some exclusive signature designs from both the brands like duppattas handcrafted with Chikenkari on Bengal mul and Zardozi, and jhumkas with hand-cut rose diamonds cast on antique gold.
Classic chanderis, vibrant color looms
Raw Mango is a New-Delhi based garment designer groupwhich revisits Indian vernacular classic garment designs using contemporary aesthetic choices. They employ traditional weaving communities in their manufacturing units, adding authenticity to the patterns.
Raw Mango showcases five of their designer series in the Kochi exhibition, which proclaims the vibrancy of their brand. 'Midnight,' wherein a collection of hand painted plants digitally transferred onto sheer silks, speak to the dark hues of purples, blues and charcoals; 'Raas,' where the classic Chanderi is revisited with silk and metallic warps; and 'Grid' which renders geometrical designs on black and white hues are some of their exquisite series getting showcased in The Wardrobe's exhibition.
As metals converse with emeralds and diamonds...
'Amrapali' became famous after they enhanced the characters of 'Bahubali,' filmmaker SS Rajamouli's magnum opus series, with their exclusive signature collection. Hailing from Jaipur, the city of vibrant hues, Amrapali focuses on a conversation with the design language of south - at the exhibition.
'Lotus legacy,' a series in which the iconic lotus symbol is used to narrate mythology employing pure gold and gems, 'Polki,' or the flat, rose diamonds are hand-cut and set in a traditional way and 'Panna,' a collection where large pieces of gems uninterrupted with metallic frames make the best of finger-rings and studs, are some of the designs Amrapali showcases in Kochi.