Access to skilled craftsmen is an elementary need, especially when you are working around vintage royalty. Soumitra holds this key to the best of his use with jamdani, khadi, silks and cottons. The designer for his label ‘Marg’ presented his latest collection, titled ‘Woven Royalty’, with a predominantly beige colour story with hints of pink and gold. Aimed at the modern Indian woman Soumitra offers silhouettes that range from ‘A’ line, knee, and ankle length for bandhgalas, tops and jackets. Regal sarees covered with luxurious resham borders, bandhgalas with parallel pants, capris with kurtas sporting tonal embroidery, flared mini kurti and a reversible waistcoat, all ideal for semi-formal wear. Moving towards more intense embellishments, Soumitra had silk motifs that cascaded down the shoulders to the waist in garments teamed with wide flared pants. Mirror work gradually crept in for a long sleeved kurta and the final peach lehenga, choli and dupatta closed the show. For the women who long for timeless fabrics with history and heritage attached to them, Soumitra Mondal’s collection ‘Woven Royalty’ had plenty of it.


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