Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla participate in The Fabric of India exhibit at V&A Museum
October 12, 2015: Indian designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are a part of The Fabric of India Exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
One of the exhibits is a real mirror ghaghra. Embroideries from Gujarat have always fascinated the duo and they have work extensively on both thread and mirror work techniques from the state. They wanted to create couture that incorporated this traditional craft. Worn by Madhuri Dixit in the movie Devdas, it is hand embroidered and features real mirrors embedded onto the fabric using zardozi embroidery. The flared 10 panel ghagra took two months to make and weighs over 10 kgs as a set which includes a dupatta, blouse and stole
The second is a beautiful Chikan sari. Chikan was invented as a craft by the Mughals. Featuring a host of stitches and motifs, it is the most intricate and delicate of embroideries, and adorned the homes and clothes of royalty and aristocracy. In recent times, Chikankari had been reduced to crude stitches, haphazard motifs, essayed on cheap fabrics and fit for only casual mass market fashion. Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, however, spent three years training artisans in Lucknow to restore it to its rightful place as the most haute of all couture. Chikankari is now worn as bridal wear and on the red carpet by the most discerning men and women across the globe.