‘KOSLAK’ meaning clothes in Ladakhi truly defines the idea of a garment. During the past 2 years we had researched the local crafts and handloom industry and doing an in depth study of the traditional Ladakhi costume. We have combined traditional with the individualistic fashion from the urban life. Our effort is to bring fresh ideas and new elements into the Indian fashion Industry. This collection would see an interesting synthesis of hand-woven ‘snambu’ woven locally in Ladakh with various weights of jean fabric or denim giving the collection an inimitable blend. The collection comprises of specially worked upon outerwear pieces. We have imparted a very rare feel and look to the pieces which make the coarse snambu fabric a lot softer, wearable and highly desirable keeping in mind the practical use of garments.
The traditional Ladakhi costume ‘goncha’ is a long loose wrapped around outerwear with extended plackets and minimal closures. The outerwear pieces of the collection are goncha-inspired with ornamental trims and accessorisation. The silhouettes are slightly loose and confortable but edgy. The pattern used for the jackets are specially developed from the original goncha pattern. The highlight being the intelligent incorporation of a contemporary fit through technical pattern making.
Materials used for the Jackets are raw denim, ecru, twill, heavy linen and leather with fleece lining combined intelligently with snambu(wool). They are worked upon with indigenous wash treatments and also smeared in ink and paint to impart a unique look and feel. The shirts have original placement prints and exclusive details inspired by the Himalayas. The Tshirts have avant-garde silhouettes and made in light weight viscose jersey and bear original screen printed graphics with interesting placements. The hand crafted denims are loose and comfortable.
Illustrated by - Nirajana Adhya .