Aagor | Lakmé Fashion Week A/W 2016
Silhouettes that really appease the modern jet-setting woman, Aditi Holani Chandak presented a collection that was both easy and relaxed. Eight sari-clad models strutted down the ramp draped in beautiful black and red Mekhela Chadors (the traditional Assamese dress).
Aagor by Ants Craft is a label that helps empower the women of the Bodo tribe by providing them creative support - The brand is really passionate about responsible and sustainable fashion.
The traditional sarees soon made way for a more trendy collection that included easy-breezy shirt dresses, striped skirts and blouses, tie-up tunics, jumpsuits as well as maxis. Fringes and tassels were seen on most of their garments. Sara Jane Dias concluded the show in a pretty black and ochre slashed skirt and a plain back shirt.
The outcome of this uncanny collaboration was a fun, contemporary and wearable collection that has its roots in the Indian handicrafts and handlooms but also has a young and modern vibe.
Simple, clean, relaxed silhouettes with subdued earthy tones made a case for sophisticated minimalism. What's brilliant about this collection is the empowerment meets fashion attitude, which is clearly reflected in the collection. For a nation that has a heavy chunk of artisanal population which depends on the handicraft for their day-to-day living, it is imperative that more & more designers / brands adapt this symbiotic relationship, just like Aagor did.