Anita Dongre’s new collection includes lehengas that took 1,200 hours to craft

Ahead of the launch, the dressmaker printed how her childhood memories from Jaipur inspired her winter/festive 2019 collection
Anita Dongre’s manufacturer of bridal couture frequently attracts connections to the designer’s past. Having spent a number of summers in Jaipur, the fashion designer appears returned at her reminiscences of India’s Pink City for her modern couture series ‘Jaipur Love’.
“The series borrows from Jaipur’s wonderful architecture, with its special blend of Rajputana and Mughal motifs, such as geometric shapes and floral patterns. These influences also translate to the colour palette, which aspects the lovely Jaipur pink, violet and berry sorbet,” explains Dongre.
Feeding the present day wedding ceremony vogue of selecting co-ordinated outfits for families, Dongre has even protected event put on for kids—think lehengas and sherwanis. Of course, the bride and groom additionally get their very own twinning moment. “We have synchronised ensembles for the bride and groom, since twinning appears add a level of symphony to weddings, and are fantastic attempted with co-ordinated colours and matching motifs,” the couturier says.
Coming to the fabrics, Dongre has utilised velvet, Benarasi silk and Abudai silk that lend an opulent contact to a wedding ensemble. Meanwhile, regular Benarasi silk sarees and embroidered velvet lehengas are basic additions to any trousseau,” says Dongre. Brides and grooms can additionally pick out from a vary of tunics, saris, lehengas, bandis and jackets for formal occasions. The fashion designer is regarded for assisting heritage crafts, and this series champions gota patti, bandhani and embroidery that includes zari, zardozi, and katdanna work.
On being asked about her favourite bridal look from the collection, Dongre selections out a non-traditional colour—a vivid violet. “My preferred outfit has to be the Aadah lehenga—it’s made with silk, and points floral motifs and great embroidery, together with gota patti, pearl and zardozi work. And it comes in a violet hue that I’m very excited about.”
Lastly, each outfit has been meticulously handcrafted, with one lehenga taking anywhere between 760 to 1,200 hours to craft. “For a gently embroidered lehenga, a crew of eight to ten craftsmen worked on embellishing the garment for eight weeks, for an average of eight hours every day. For the extra ornate lehengas, the time taken is nearly the double,” reveals Dongre. No wonder it’s referred to as a labour of love.

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