Gateway To Jamdani
The second collection, Gateway to Jamdani was born from her travel to the UAE. The collection takes inspiration from the magnificent Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. From the shining columns clad with marble and inlaid with colourful mother of pearls to the clear water pools along the arcade that reflects the mosques columns, larger than life chandeliers to exquisitely handcrafted carpet with French knots. A structure established to unite the culture diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art.
Jamdani, an extremely expensive and time consuming hand weaving technique comes from the Persian language meaning Jar of flowers. Popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani, this art of textile weaving has its roots in Bangladesh before the weavers shifted base to West Bengal and became an art form in India since the 18th century. This form of weaving drew immense similarities from the inspiration in terms of color, motifs and authenticity.
The four colours featured in the collection are coral, red, indigo and black. Each colour introduces a different traditional Jamdani motif that were reminiscent of the calligraphy work laid out in an elaborated scheme of floral and vegetal motifs on the walls of the prayer hall in the Grand mosque. These are combined with Jamdani checks which imitate the exterior parts of the architectural structure.
The collection was launched in Dubai in April 2019 with a variety of silhouettes ranging from tops and shirts, short and long dresses, jumpsuits, tunics and kurtas teamed with a mix of pants and skirts. All pieces are handcrafted with a detailed feature of laces, mother of pearl buttons, fringing, poms-poms and decorative beaded and shell tassels in the SJ studio in Delhi.
Gateway to Jamdani appeals to the worldly woman of every age group who would like to experiment with the new bohemian.