“He has a strong de­sign vo­cab­u­lary rooted in In­dian crafts and weav­ing tech­niques”

WHY Kshi­tij Jalori, 28, Delhi

India Today - - FASHION -

One warm af­ter­noon re­cently, I wan­dered into Bikaner house to check out the ex­hi­bi­tions. Next to the fine ex­hibit of the artist, Nil­ima Sheikh, I stum­bled across the ex­tra­or­di­nary work of Kshi­tij Jalori, a young de­signer from NIFT. Jalori, a grad­u­ate of tex­tile de­sign from NIFT, Delhi, was pre­sent­ing his first col­lec­tion of fash­ion gar­ments de­signed in bro­cade wo­ven and de­signed by him in Varanasi.

While the pre­sen­ta­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion was sim­ple, el­e­gant and ef­fec­tive, it was Jalori’s col­lec­tion of gar­ments that sin­gled him out as a de­signer to watch out for. He speaks with a voice that is ma­ture us­ing a so­phis­ti­cated vo­cab­u­lary that is strongly rooted in In­dian de­sign and craft tra­di­tions.

Adding to the rich reper­toire of Be­naras bro­cade, his fab­ric de­signs are a strong con­tri­bu­tion to a tex­tile legacy that is very rich. The com­plex­ity of the weav­ing tech­niques was ex­plored in pat­terns that drew on so­phis­ti­cated florals and geo­met­rics that are si­mul­ta­ne­ously com­plex yet re­strained in beau­ti­ful colour pal­ettes.

Us­ing these fab­rics, he has de­signed a col­lec­tion of re­strained and el­e­gant sep­a­rates that draw on sil­hou­ettes that are east­ern in in­spi­ra­tion, yet mod­ern and in­ter­na­tional in spirit. This is fash­ion for a dis­cern­ing and so­phis­ti­cated woman.

Be­fore pre­sent­ing this col­lec­tion, Jalori spent the past few years work­ing with tex­tile and fash­ion ex­perts such as au­thor and de­sign de­vel­oper Rta Ka­pur Chishti and de­signer Sabyasachi Mukher­jee. He told me he had also worked with Dastkar, Pero and Fabindia along the way. Cur­rently he bal­ances his de­sign work with his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in his fam­ily’s home wares and crock­ery busi­ness where he lends his cre­ative skills in prod­uct devel­op­ment and sourc­ing for their re­tail stores, in Ra­jasthan. He is one de­signer to look out for.

DAVID ABRA­HAM DE­SIGNER

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