“If it is about celebrating the true spirit of Maharashtra, then it has to be something deeply rooted in the cultural identity of Maharashtra,” believes renowned designer Neeta Lulla, who has styled for more than 370 world-class movies and other productions.
We caught the National Award winner as she was busy putting in the final touches to her collection at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vashu Sangrahalaya for the ongoing ‘Make in India Week’. The veteran designer feels humbled to be a part of the nationwide phenomenon that will end on 18 February.
With more than two decades under her belt as one of India’s ace designers, Lulla is excited and confident about her new collection that will be showcased at the Maharashtra Textile Show — as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Promoted by the state and central governments, the event will see Lulla working with 2,000-year-old Paithani weaves, which she has spun off into contemporary easy-wear silhouettes.
“It is all about celebrating the uniqueness of Maharashtra and particularly the artisans involved in the Paithani weaving sector for years. The philosophy behind selecting Paithani as the protagonist of my collection was to re-live the age old weaving technique and contemporise it in different silhouettes and styles so that it can be accepted by global consumer,” she says about her collection, which will be dominated by typically Maharashtrian colours such as green, maroon and orchids.
Describing about the weaving technique used, Lulla explains, “Paithani uses the ancient technique of tapestry where multiple threads of different colours, along with gold and silver threads, are woven together to form a fascinating piece of silk. The collection will showcase the intricacies, elaborateness and immaculacy of Paithani, a legacy of Maharashtra.”
Made from natural silk and cotton, the collection of 20 garments bathed in peacock, parrot, lotus and geometric motifs will see contemporary silhouettes, including trousers, jackets, sarees, long kurtas, dhoti pants and sarong skirts.
Lulla hopes the Make in India Week’s ‘Maharashtra Textile Show’ initiative will go a long way in popularising the state and, particularly, the Paithani weave globally. “The best way to repay to the community is through copious use of weave by the designers. The veterans and even the young generation designers should start using the weave dominantly and the government should step-in by providing funds for the development of weaving technique and community at large,” says the designer.
Neeta Lulla’s collection at Make in India will be showcased on February 17, 2016, as a part of the ‘Maharashtra Textiles Show/Make in Maharashtra’ event.