Painting the runway in hues of ethnicity, Assam fashion designer Anuradha Kuli is making heads turn with her exquisite collection of organic drapes and promoting sustainable fashion.
Amid the star-studded 32nd edition of the 5-day Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, spring-summer 2020, Kuli’s fashion label ‘Abstract’ this year created a buzz in the fashion world. The fashion week took place at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi. She has also won the National Award from the ministry of textiles in 2012.
To know more about her organic, chemical-free collection, Time8 spoke to designer, her collection and all things fashion. Read on…
T8: Tell us about your collection this year
Anuradha: This was one of my best collections so far. I had worked really hard for the final outcome and fortunately, we received a very good response. I am strictly against the use of chemicals in the garments. They are handwoven and made with natural dye. I use Assam’s eri and muga and even the threads are hand made. So each garment takes around 45-50 days to be completed.
T8: How many garments were showcased in the fashion event
Anuradha: This year, I showcased 16 garments out of which 14 were sarees and two lehengas. It was a dream collection for me.
T8: Your inspiration behind using organic weaves
Anuradha: I was born into a family where everybody knows weaving, so I had the niche towards traditional wear since my childhood. I still remember back in my teens how I used to rush to the loom during my school vacations. And as I am associated with the Assam Sericulture department, I learnt a lot about the local produce.
T8: One of the memorable memories while creating this year’s collection for the fashion event
Anuradha: For the first time, I have created a unique combination of the Assamese traditional jewellery – Lukaparo necklace and weaved the design into one my saree collections and it turned out beautiful. That is my ‘dream come true’ piece.
T8: How do you manage your business?
Anuradha: I have two factories, one in Dhemaji and another in Gorchuk, Guwahati where the final touches of the garments are given. Then they are being transported to the respective cities as per the demand.
T8: Plans ahead
Anuradha: Right now, I am busy with an upcoming exhibition at The Aga Khan Hall, Mandi House, New Delhi where my collections will be displayed. It will be held from October 17th, 2019 onwards.
Photo credit: @AnuradhaKuli