Con­tem­po­rary Il­kal


India Today - - COVER STORY -

The bright hued, silky tex­tured il­kal weave na­tive to Ba­galkot district has found a new con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion with the ar­rival of Dori. Armed with a de­gree in fash­ion, Nikitha Satish, 26 be­gan re­search­ing In­dian tex­tiles when she chanced upon the ubiq­ui­tous Kar­nataka il­kal. "I went to Ba­galkot and re­alised there was a hand­loom cri­sis with il­kal be­ing used only for sa­rees and the prices soar­ing, thanks to the com­pe­ti­tion from power looms. I thought it was the per­fect time to bring a con­tem­po­rary touch to it", she says. Her col­lec­tion in­cludes maxi dresses, slip dresses, pants, flowy tops and jack­ets in shades of orange, green, blue and black. "Il­kal is re­stricted to a few colours, so I de­cided to cre­ate col­lec­tions that are not re­stricted by sea­son or trend", says Satish.

AT PRICE Rs 650 on­wards

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