FREE­DOM THROUGH FASH­ION

CITY-BASED DE­SIGNER SHALINI VISAKAN IS CRAFT­ING A LINE OF CLOTH­ING FOR THE DIF­FER­ENTLY ABLED THAT IS BOTH FASH­ION­ABLE AND ADAP­TIVE.

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Shalini Visakan, 30, founder, Su­vas­tra De­signs be­gan her jour­ney with cre­at­ing small but in­ge­nious things to make travel eas­ier for her wheel­chair-bound hus­band. First it was belts and han­dles at­tached to his clothes, so that he could be lifted with ease, and then it was full gar­ments that he didn’t re­quire as­sis­tance with. The fash­ion de­sign grad­u­ate from Na­tional In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy (NIFT), Chen­nai also de­signed a sin­gle piece sa­ree for her wheel­chair bound aunt.“The only thing she could wear eas­ily was a night gown and that pre­vented her from go­ing to the tem­ple,” she says.

Upon see­ing first­hand the change it made in the lives of those dif­fer­ently abled, she de­cided to launch her own adap­tive cloth­ing brand, Su­vas­tra De­signs. Her re­search in­volved work­ing with dif­fer­ently abled chil­dren and their par­ents from Vidyasagar, a cen­tre for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion. She cre­ated gar­ments suited to their spe­cific needs with in­no­va­tive de­signs and fab­ric solutions. “A lot of things need to be added to the de­sign such as straps, vel­cros and mag­netic but­tons. Due to higher body tem­per­a­ture, I have to also be care­ful about the fab­rics I use. Those who wear di­a­pers need ex­tra crotch length in their gar­ments,” she says.

Her line in­cludes indo-western party wear for men and women, sa­rees, sal­war kameez with at­tached shrugs, palaz­zos and crop tops, sher­wa­nis and dhoti pants for men. Plans are in the pipe­line to open an ex­clu­sive bou­tique for her adap­tive cloth­ing, but for now she is cus­tomis­ing gar­ments out of her small home setup. She is also open to mak­ing home vis­its for con­sul­ta­tion and mea­sure­ments.

Su­vas­tra De­signs was of­fi­cially launched at Trios Fash­ion Show in the city this month. ÔTEL 9176223324 ÔPRICE On re­quest

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