Free and easy, delicate and breezy, Paromita Banerjee’s handmade ‘Salt of Life’ fashion tale presented two distinct stories, the luxurious hand woven fabrics like Khadi, Malkha, linen and cotton were created into voluminous Mughal jamas, Punjabi Pyjama, shift dresses and draped stoles.
The print story featuring varying triangular motifs was timeless, as hand block stripes, checks and dots appeared in unison on sheer mulmul. The hues around the garments were ideal as colour blocking was seen in jute brown, Mitti and natural tan.
The indigo line was the second offering where Paromita had Dhakai Jamdani from Bengal in interesting hand-woven techniques of extra weft and motifs. Here it was the Gujarati kedia, flared angarkhas, wrapped jamas, layered kurtas and traditional saris that caught the attention of the audience. Bursts of red, zari and contrast borders livened the indigo creations; while buttas, block prints, stitch detailing on yokes and hems, as well as patch work were the ideal embellishments.
Saris were never teamed with the conventional choli but with relaxed wide blouses, smocks and peasant tops. Eye-catching entries were the tie-up long coat with pants, the one-button cross over dress with skirt, multi designed kurtas with elephant pants, a flouncy peasant dress, and the midi in vibrant prints. A conventional angarkha with churidars was an ideal offering for the traditional dresser but with a great mélange of block prints.