Cloud People’ invoke a celestial spell, bringing winged messengers and unearthly spirits – mythical symbols of hope and guardianship. Through the supernatural, they embody our ambitions of flight and transcendence, says Sanjay Garg.
Requiring close appreciation, minute collection details reveal soft feathers and scalloped clouds of angels in flight, made through handcrafted Chikankari on Bengal mul, zardozi and handwoven brocade.
Originating in the Awadh region, Chikankari is thought to consist of approximately 36 stitches which create works of relief, shadow and drawn thread. Its limited use as a decorative element at times privately facing the skin – and as daraz, a joinery of two separate pieces of cloth, can be both functional and decorative. ‘Cloud People’ revisits Chikankari, which traditionally features florals and paisley motifs with a vocabulary that explores new interpretations of its techniques.