Stay warm and stylish with the new Amit Aggarwal x Dusala collaboration that gives traditional Kashmiri pashmina shawls a futuristic makeover.
When it comes to designer Amit Aggarwal, always expect the unexpected. The Delhi-based designer is known to experiment with materials when it comes to his futuristic styles and exaggerated silhouettes. Whether its Jamdani silk sarees or malleable recycled polymer sheets, the impact is always phenomenal. So when you hear of the collaboration with heritage-preservation label, Dusala Kashmir, you can’t help but be curious at the avant garde treatment the designer will lend to pashmina.
Started by anchor and self-taught designer, Sugandha Kedia, Dusala aims at preserving the craft and beauty of the pashmina weave. The brand works and supports Kashmiri craftsmen trained over generations while giving the modern client an authentic piece of Pashmina.
Each shawl from the Amit Aggarwal X Dusala curation are reversible creations with pashmina on one side and zari on the other. To create a masterpiece like this, the weaver works like a pianist working simultaneously with his feet and hands. Juxtaposing this traditional process is Aggarwal’s surface techniques that use metallic polymer in rectilinear patterns. We ask the designer about this marriage of two forms, “I think the bringing together of polarity between the softness and humility of the pashmina yarn and the structure and shine of the polymer created a dynamic contrast. Almost like heritage and new age coming together to coexist and create a new design language,” he shares as he takes us through the various styles from the collection. “Each one of our pashminas takes about 20 days to create. The collaboration has made us look at our shawls in an entirely different light,” adds Sugandha Kedia of Dusala.
The collection is imagined from the point of view of a wandering woman in the bylanes of Delhi adorned in a decadent pashmina drape. The patterns are inspired by the architecture around her, the angular lines, minarets and the natural colours. “I went to the root of where the weaving of pashmina originates and considering these shawls were handwoven by Kashmiri weavers I began my inspiration with Islamic art and architecture. Lattice patterns, open jaali work, flooring patterns were key inspirations to develop surfaces, intricate hand embroideries and structuring,” shares Aggarwal. An earthy palette of burnt crimson, moss greens, deep taupe, dusty rose and wild flower fuchsia represent her emotional journey.
Borrowing from the past and translating it into garments of the future, this lightweight drapery line also includes metallic draped capes with shawl collars and unstitched hand woven sarees with Aggarwal’s signature metallic moulded blouse. A must-have from the collection according to the designer is the Surkhi shawl. “The shawal is an ethereal combination of deep moss green with the shine of ruby. Detailed with a pattern that crosses between floral and architectural inferences. An amalgamation of softness and strength much like the woman I imagined the shawl to be,” he shares. The collection is available online for local and international shipping on Dusala’s website.
Images: All Courtesy Amit Aggarwal x Dusala