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The Motifs Of Heritage
Turning back the pages of history to about 2,000 years ago, art and culture was quite different from what it is today. Artists, including painters, travelled long distances to showcase the many stories of Indian mythology to an enthralled audience. One particular art of freehand imagery that comes from the royal courts of Hyderabad became so popular that it won the hearts of many a Mughal emperor. These qualamkaris or artists used earthy colors from plant-extracted dyes to make paintings that depicted stories of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Over time, the art – that came to be called Kalamkari – explored renditions of nature and its many elements – including birds, animals, and flowers.
This essentially South-Indian art form is either hand-painted or made from block prints. Typically used in adorning kurtas, sarees and accessories, the use of Kalamakri has been limited hitherto. Here’s when Latha was inspired to experiment with the art in a way that has never been explored before. And the results are no less than stunning.
Latha incorporated this ethereal art into the elegant drapes of the lehenga – a popular attire from the north. This creation sports an elaborate skirt with alternating panels of pink Benarasi silk tissue and hand-painted Kalamkari work, embellished with a 10-inch border of intricate Zardosi embroidery. A subtle cream and gold front-zipped woven blouse and a beautiful earthy pink dupatta complete the ensemble. This ornate creation needs little to accessorize it and is perfect for occasion wear.
This showstopper comes from Latha Puttanna’s brand new collection of modern lehengas. Like most of her work, it boasts creations that stay true to the roots of Indian culture while being trendy and wearable by today’s fashion-conscious generation. Each piece in this collection is unique with unusual color combinations, exotic designs, and chic cuts. And these have been carefully hand-crafted to be worthy of a wardrobe of timeless creations.
A Royal Sense Of Fashion
There is something truly enticing about royalty. The tales of victorious wars, stunning palaces, and luxurious lifestyles – every aspect is a story come alive. India’s association with kings and kingdoms has existed since time immemorial; but for a designer like Latha Puttanna what is most fascinating is the grace and elegance royal fashion prides itself on.
Speaking of style, the royal icons that head Latha’s list of favorites are Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur and Princess Niloufer of Hyderabad. Particularly impressed by the fashion of the Mysore royalty, Latha has successfully recreated the look with her latest collection of weaves, ‘Aramana’ — the designer’s first showcase at the prestigious Vogue Wedding Collection 2016 in New Delhi.
For the first time in 24 years, Latha indulges in the subtlety of pastel shades. Take for instance this alluring saree from the ‘Aramana’ collection – its soft mauve shade highlights and accentuates the complexion of the beautiful Indian woman. Crafted in georgette silk, the saree boasts woven gold polka dots on the pleats and intricate applique embroidery along its border. And completing the ensemble is a stylish, sleeveless blouse, sporting hand-beaten gold and silver embroidery.
This saree is among Latha’s most versatile creations. When paired with the right accessories, it can be worn for all kinds of occasions: from weddings and pujas to a casual evening with friends. After all, one doesn’t need much reason to look like a royal!