With this presentation of a new collection on the 15th of March at AIFW, Abraham & Thakore explores the new fashion trading format of “see now buy now”. The collection being presented will be available for sale soon after the showing, at both the Abraham & Thakore stores in Delhi and Bangalore, and at select pop ups in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata from March onwards. Continuing our engagement with Indian textiles made by hand, this collection is named “Back to Work”. We explore the possibility of simple separates in pure cotton providing practical alternatives to the everyday workday needs of the urban Indian woman looking for fashion solutions that draw on tradition. These clothing solutions are coritemporarised and made suitable for a modern Indian professional who despite air conditioned interiors, also has to function sometimes in 40 degrees Celsius.
We also explore notions of gender and preconceived ideas of gender specific clothing and we borrow elements from both Western and Indian menswear to create options that are suitable for both women and men, interchangeably in some instances.
The colour palette is Ivory, Madder, Indigo and Black. All fabrics are pure cotton and are either hand woven or hand printed in textile centres in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Fulia in West Bengal and Barmer in Rajasthan. All bags, laptop sleeves are courtesy of Nappa Dori. The footwear has been inspired by both the “mojri” and the brogue, and has been specially made by The Shoe Factory for Abraham & Thakore.