Essence of Me – Senior Thesis Collection

This is a very unique collection and it holds a very special place in my heart. This collection consists of all the elements that have inspired me as a designer like Kutch embroidery used as a reference for the Double Jacquard Stitch or the Bias Cut dress inspired from a John Galliano collection. I came up with the idea for this collection in my junior year of college while I was visiting India. I was specialising in Knitwear Design and I had just learned different stitches in sweater design like Ottoman Stitch, Double Jacquard, Milano Stitch, etc.

One of the craziest challenges for me us merge different textile manufacturing techniques to create something beautiful. I had realised that most textiles in India are predominantly Wovens with beautiful embroideries on top of it. I thought of creating the same effect of embroidery on a sweater sample. The embroidery that I reference here consists of colorful threds and mirror liwork.

Using the Stoll M1 machine and the original reference of embroidery on the side, I created a pattern for double Jacquard stitch. I dentified elements of embroidery that are essential to representing my culture and used those to create a beautiful, colorful pattern. The next step was quite easy. To create mirror work pattern on top of it.

This collection will always remain close to my heart. And I hope that I get to revisit my process and do this research all over again. This Kutch embroidery means so much to me. I grew up watching women in my community create colorful patterns for their daughters, just like my mom created my Chaniya Choli. I wore these garments on special occasions and marriages. I want to use my fashion education to modernise these textiles and prevent these arts from dying. I am cosmopolitan but I have strong Indian ties and an even stronger mind to put India on the fashion map.

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