Darshan Dhupia on minimalist opulence and the beauty of handmade apparel

Darshan Dhupia on minimalist opulence and the beauty of handmade apparel

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | | 30 September, 2017
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The Silk Tree Store at Shahpurjat, New Delhi.

The Silk Tree by Darshan Dhupia, a high-end womenswear label which exemplifies the love for hand-woven fabrics and weaves launched it’s first ever flagship store in the hub of the capital’s design district Shahpurjat. 

The Silk Tree exemplifies the term “minimalistic opulence” in its true sense. Wherein, the brand retains the essence of hand-woven fabrics, thus giving them sustainability whilst creating modern silhouettes that give a language of elegance to a garment, in which modernity romances tradition. 

The flagship store opened doors with a wine and cheese soiree, showcasing two unique collections—‘Sona Rupa and Atdlas’ 

“Atdlas” in Central Asia means, weaving done with pure silk thread.

Atdlas is a revival of art in central Asian lands, which had died over the years and is done using patterns and motifs, which date back to the Eighth century. Because there was a time in history when artisans moved from one land to the other, this weaving pattern bears a strong resemblance to the ‘ikat’ patterns prevalent in India. The collection has been created using beautiful silk weaves and giving them a modern essence. With beautiful flowy capes and easy to wear jackets teamed with drape dresses, this limited edition collection offers one of a kind pieces from lands near and far. 

‘Sona Rupa’ is a timeless tale from the city where dreams are woven into fabric, Banaras.  Gold and silver zari when used together is called ‘Sona Rupa’. The collection is created from specially handpicked and self designed woven fabrics in silk and cottons from Banaras, and is based on the use of weaving these fabrics with both gold and silver zari. Named on the language of the weavers and artisans, ‘Sona Rupa’ carries a blend of classic ensembles using rich Banarasi cotton and silk fabrics and also has a gota line, which is full of rustic richness and elegance, with the right touch of festivity. 

Designer, Darshan Dhupia said, “Our flagship store opens its doors to the woman of today. ‘The Silk Tree’ strengthens its faith based on “real fabric, real work”. Being a textile oriented label, I believe that it’s the threads that bind, take us to our roots and make a garment stand in all its glory. Just like a woman’s true story lies behind the lines that define her face, a Silk Tree garment sings its true beauty based on the weaves that define it. I look forward to having you at the store and sharing the experience of the dreams that the looms weave.” 

Borne out of love for weaves, The Silk Tree was launched in the year 2014 by designer Darshan Dhupia. The brand was conceived with a passion for playing with color and fabrics, working with intriguing weaves and the love for handloom artistry.

The name ‘The Silk Tree’ signifies the extensive use of beautiful, rich, woven silk fabrics and the hues, which show the full glory of the silk thread. An ode to the traditional silk route of the world, the brand aims at nurturing the love for pure fabrics as weaves have no borders and can show us to transcend them. 

The design philosophy of the brand ‘The Silk Tree’ is very simple. It provides neat, clean and contemporary lines to a garment. The label contours beautiful fabrics into an ensemble that can be adorned by the woman of today. Also the love for working with ‘gota’ and ‘kasab’ threads and keeping the charm of the yester years alive is what the label stands for.

The brand exemplifies the term “minimalistic opulence” in its true sense. Wherein, the brand retains the essence of hand-woven fabrics, thus giving them sustainability whilst creating modern silhouettes that give a language of elegance to a garment in which modernity romances tradition. 

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