Pune-based designer and founder of Praan:t, Monika Chordia recently showcased her summer collection in Indian fabric like Kala Cotton and Khadi Matka at an exhibition at Hotel Mandovi, Panaji. Using ancient weaving, dyeing and designing techniques she developed her latest collection both for men and women. In conversation with NT BUZZ Monika speaks about her work
VENITA GOMES | NT BUZZ
When the summer’s scorching heat hits you, it forces you to dig into your wardrobe and pull out some light, comfortable garments that not only help stay cool but also adds a distinct and stylish touch. Praan:t is here to offer the best this summer with a collection made from Kala Cotton and Khadi Matka fabric, especially sourced from Bhuj in Gujarat and West Bengal.
Her collection has distinct tones and shades for both day and evening wear. Speaking about it, founder of Praan:t, Monika Chordia says: “The collection has both day and evening wear. You can find contemporary silhouettes with subtle, warm and earthy tones for day-wear and bright hues with striking colours for evening wear made from Khadi Matka. I have tried to focus more on cuts and detailing to make the designs stand out.”
Speaking about how her designs have an ancient link, Monika says: “The speciality of kala cotton grown in Bhuj is that the technique used for weaving the fabric dates back to the Mohenjo-Daro era. We tried to revive it. Also, the dyes that are used are natural. We are trying to pitch in from our side to support the craftsmen’s community at the same time support the environment by using natural products. These dyes are ozone free dyes.”
Her collection ranges from western to Indian wear and her favourite piece among this collection was a maroon-dyed ensemble with pleats. She adds that the design is very close to her heart as she loves to work with pleats.
Monika’s fashion brand ‘Praan:t’ is an amalgamation of two Hindi words, ‘pran’ and ‘praant’ which translate to soul and province, respectively. “The celebration, promotion and preservation of the remarkable craftsmanship of regional artisans lies at the core of Praan:t; it is the soul of Praan:t’s designs; the unique magic at the heart of the venture. Therefore, Praant works to showcase India’s rich heritage of textile crafts,” concludes Monika.