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Contemporary Chikankari and Khadi in Clothing & Home Décor

  |   16 April 2015 - 18 April 2015

Designer Gitika Goyal exhibitis her latest collection of understated and easy--to-use garments and home décor. While her work draws from tradition, her silhouettes are contemporary in style and her cuts, detailing and the way the Chikankari is used, lend it the modernity of our present times. 

The home textiles comprise of table runners, napkins, cushions, curtain panels and summer blankets. The old motifs that are typical to the Chikankari tradition have been used in new innovative ways on runners and cushions; there are some quilted ones too, in beautiful textures. 

Chikankari or the process of chikan-making is a hand embroidery style using white thread on light muslin and cotton garments; the craft is an integral part of the ‘Old is New’ collection. This traditional embroidery style that originated in Lucknow is said to have been introduced by NurJehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jehangir.

The exhibition also features khadi in palettes of neutral and vibrant colours. Let us not forget the indigo-dyed pieces for your homes! The highlight of the Home Collection is the play of white on white, a combination that can beat no other, in beautiful light cottons - breezy curtain panels, delicate tablecloths with hints of silver – all an absolute must for the summer! 

Gitika Goyal, a graduate of NIFT, has exhibited in edgy concept design stores across Europe like Egg, Living stone Studio etc., in London, Caravane in Paris, Bani in Italy, Santosh in Belgium and Meridiana in Spain. She started her career with an exhibition in London called "Get Your Pants On" with the Joss Graham Textiles Gallery where she created modern adaptations of antique trousers collected by the gallery from all over the world.  Gitikahas always pushed the envelope, finding new ways to re-imagine tradition.Currently, she has a band of 25 women whom she collaborates closely with.

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