An elegant display of creativity

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An elegant display of creativity

Astitva 2013, a national-level apparel and jewellery designing contest, was held recently in the City. Budding fashion and jewellery designers from across the country took part in the competition. It was a great chance for them to display their talent and check out the work of their peers.

Devika, a third-year fashion design student from Symbiosis, Pune, says that this was the first time that her creations were showcased in a competition. She was visibly excited about the opportunity. “My designs are inspired by the concept of Rasleela. The clothes are delicate and very Indian. Yet, there is a contemporary touch to them, which sets them apart. I have used different motifs of kalamkari as well as organza panels. The colours are predominantly burnt orange and blue,” she says.

Varied designs, concepts and materials — used creatively by the designers — were showcased as part of the event. The show had a mix of ethnic styles as well as contemporary designs. 

Lakshita Goel, a first-year jewellery design student from Jaipur, says, “I have designed a broach-cum-pendant, inspired by the peacock. It is a silver piece in the shape of the bird, with green and blue highlights. I have maintained a pattern wherein the colours go from light to dark. I have also used some precious and semi-precious stones in the piece.” 

While some students have had prior experience with such competitions, this was a first time for many. Kavya, a first-year student of jewellery design, was one such participant. “My piece is inspired by Indian tribal art. Indian tribes have some wonderful art and if they go unnoticed, these forms will slowly die. I am very interested in the colours that they use — they are bright and vibrant. The neck piece that I am showcasing today is modelled along these lines. I have used stones like coral and turquoise with various beads. The neck piece is in silver with gold plating,” she describes.

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