Slip into spirituality
`FOR ALL those keen to experience the feel of being closer to existence, my ensemble is their gateway to discovering themselves spiritually,' claims designer Sunil Mehra, whose summer collection was recently unveiled at South Delhi's Sunil Study in Greater Kailash.
Dressed in saffron kurta-pyjama and an orange stole there is indeed a sense of equanimity around him. A menswear designer, each of his creations represents a different concept. Making regular clothes did not strike his fancy. Thus, came into being his collection of sherwanis, angarakhas, suits, robes and kurtas in natural fibres like linen, cotton and various kinds of silk. His collection is priced from Rs.8250 to 30000.
For the most part, the fabrics have been used in their natural colours like hues of grey, cream or beige, with a few exceptions using bright colours and black. He teams up sherwanis and angarakhas with Gharchola dupattas in shades of orange, red and purple. Short kurtas and stylised formal suits are also available in sober shades like khaki and brown.
Apart from these Indian styles, Sunil Study also stocks trousers in linen, corduroy, wrinkle-free cotton, gabardine, twin cord and poly-crepe. These are priced between Rs.2000 and 2850.
"Truth is found in our boutique," claims the Sunil Study price tag. He reiterates, "You can merge with the sanctity of life. Since I put all my energy into my designs and embroider motifs that signify the Almighty and all other things that help sustain life or make it better, the person wearing my clothes is the one who believably experiences spirituality."
The motifs embroidered by the designer comprise the `Om' in different forms and chants, Hindu and Tamil scriptures, Radha-Krishna as the embodiment of love, Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Egyptian themes, the seven chakras of the body and a host of others.
He combines traditional handiwork like `Dabka', Kashmiri embroidery, `Mokaish' on tissue to form a cover jacket with a sherwani. Broad pintucks and net have also been used to accentuate the natural fibre and the hand-woven embroidery. Beautiful forms of the Om, woven in white on white linen, black tussar with bronze motifs or different shades of beige with a continuous reel of chants carefully embroidered by the designer, make up the unique designs.
Step in then, for a chance to wear spirituality on your sleeve!
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