Proud to be Indian
India presents proudly as one of the last preserves of the handmade - an exquisitely rendered milieu of traditional treasures that is reflected in her fashion, embroidery and jewels. The starting point on my mood-board, the colours and techniques, are always Indian. There is no other way to describe this.
The traditional paisley and floral motifs used in Lucknowi chikankari have been deconstructed, distressed and layered. Our master embroiders were brought from our Gurgaon atelier into Mirzapur to work with Obeetee’s weavers to create this collection.
The Miniature paintings of Northern India are capsules of history romance and folklore. The frames and borders around the paintings are just as enchanting as the subjects themselves. Distressed weaves, antique washes and distorted symmetry are applied to these frames, and finished with zardozi embroidery.
Converting my drip-painted abstract paintings into carpets were a new challenge for the classically trained weaver. Without symmetry or repetition, these carpets are a testament to the laborious skills of the craftsmen who made them.
A single Bhadohi carpet can boast up to 300 knots per sq. inch. That’s right, 300!And every craftsman ties between six and nine thousand knots each day.