Ikat for a begin: The Home of Angadi launches able to put on with Alamelu

The Home of Angadi presents ready-to-wear with an architectural line of unstructured tunics and pant fits

Lockdown or not, the previous couple of months had been a time of exercise at The Home of Angadi. The Bengaluru-based model, famend for its kanjeevarams, Banarasis and Kota dorias, was finalising the primary assortment of its simply launched ready-to-wear label, Alamelu. “It’s a breakaway from preconceived notions of what’s thought of ‘Indian’ in vogue and design,” says founder and inventive director, KH Radharaman, including, “I wish to create a contemporary design vocabulary that’s season-less, and technique- and region-agnostic.”

His engineering background is mirrored within the textile manipulations. “I’ve at all times felt the necessity to contemporise India’s wealth of textile methods and reinvent their design language. With Alamelu, I used to be capable of shift the purpose of origin of the design course of to the very starting, to the yarn, and engineer a sequence of materials which are fashionable but artisanal,” he says. With a up to date palette — assume luminous eggshell tones to jewel-like ruby — the cuts are relaxed, and play with proportions and layers. “For the primary assortment, now we have performed a decent edit of simply over 30 items [from tops and tunics to pants]. The thought is to current a very fashionable design providing for the ever-evolving lady of at the moment,” he provides. Does he have a favorite? “Whereas all of the designs are near my coronary heart, my two favourites are the pant go well with and our signature trench coat. They’re the right illustration of what Alamelu means to me.”

Edited excerpts from an interview:

KH Radharaman, founder and creative director

Why a ready-to-wear label now?

Truthfully, on condition that lots of our textiles have adorned the collections of worldwide design homes for a few years now [they exported fabrics and collaborated with brands], we most likely ought to have performed a ready-to-wear line earlier. As a designer, my old flame has at all times been Indian textiles. That is the place I selected to focus my energies for the previous 10 years [under my other label, Advaya], which is why the RTW model has taken time to launch. That stated, I had been considering of this label for over a yr and it’s an final result of my design philosophy and a end result of many concepts which have constructed up over time.

Ikat for a start: The House of Angadi launches ready to wear with Alamelu

Inspiration behind the gathering.

Alamelu’s first assortment, Architexture, attracts inspiration from the assorted methods by which Modernist structure incorporates layers, volumes, and proportions. To me the concept of Modernism lies within the spirit of purposeful innovation and area agnostic design language. Therefore I selected two distinct instructions for this assortment to make it actually worldwide.

Whereas on the one hand it celebrates the timeless great thing about the ikat approach, on the opposite I’ve created a spread of never-before-seen silk materials. The ikats have an summary and geometric visible vocabulary, and explores patterns starting from Houndstooth to Yayoi Kusama-esque polka dots, all woven by hand. I’ve additionally explored surfaces by my textiles, creating textures not by pleating or different publish manufacturing methods however on the weaving stage itself.

Ikat for a start: The House of Angadi launches ready to wear with Alamelu

Why ikat as a method?

I selected ikat for Alamelu’s first assortment for each emotional and sensible causes. My household and I’ve a lifelong relationship with ikat [my father was one of the early pioneers of using it in silk]. It’s also the one weaving approach that crosses all geographical boundaries, and has a number of interpretations the world over.

Experiments with textile surfaces.

Most textiles in use at the moment, particularly for attire, are typically two dimensional in nature. Our floor engineering methods rework silk yarn into three-dimensional textures, leading to materials that shimmer like rippling waters, but stay lighter than air. This has been achieved by the interaction of warp and weft, and is a brand new design path.

What subsequent?

From a enterprise perspective, Alamelu’s design philosophy is geared toward capturing the eye of design-conscious girls the world over. Consistent with this, our subsequent steps will embody worldwide growth by e-commerce and retail presence in strategic world areas. All of this dovetails with the general mission to maintain pushing the boundaries of Indian design.

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