Making Handloom Cool Again: 13 Designers Get to Work at AIFW

Handloom is always cool, says designer Rahul Mishra, succintly explaining the importance, and more colloquially, the chill factor of our desi handlooms.

What makes handloom cooler is when it comes to you weaved into a maxi dress, or a jumpsuit.

This year at Amazon India Fashion Week, we saw designers Akaaro, Antar-Agni, Eka, Good Earth, Neeru Kumar, Nicobar, Pero, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Raw Mango, Rohit Bal,Suket Dhir, Urvashi Kaur & 11:11 Eleven Eleven creating ensembles from fabric woven by the weaver students of The Handloom School,marrying the designers’ sensibility with the finesse of Indian handloom.

A design showcased by The Handloom School at AIFW 2017. (Photo: FDCI)

The Handloom School, an initiative by the organisation, WomenWeave works with young weavers to make the most of their inherited skills, enabling them to learn market dynamics, and the business side of things.

A design showcased by The Handloom School at AIFW 2017. (Photo: FDCI)

The designer-weaver jodi gave us lovable maxis in mulmul, oversized coats popularised this year in almost all international fashion shows, and saris with kurtas, among other things.

A design showcased by The Handloom School at AIFW 2017. (Photo: FDCI)

But this wasn’t the most spectacular interpretation of handloom or the most breathtaking, some industry insiders complained.

A design showcased by The Handloom School at AIFW 2017. (Photo: FDCI)

Although the drape of the handloom on leggings and a top did seem striking to us.

A piece showcased by The Handloom School at AIFW 2017. (Photo: FDCI)
(Photo: FDCI)
(Photo: FDCI)

Even though handloom was always cool, we can safely say designers are constantly trying to reimagine ways to make it cooler. And no one’s complaining!