Our collection for QHBCW 2016 is inspired from the Kathak dance form, that prevailed during the Mughal era in the late 18th and 19th century. The word Kathak means ‘to tell a story’, and it is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers.
While Kathak amalgamates story-telling with abstract rhythm and movement, our collection puts together the grandeur and richness of the Mughal era with contemporary designs and cuts. In our intricate silhouettes, we revisit the dancing girls’ elaborate bell work, dazzling turns, and the fleeting, transient glimpses of their beauty in motion. The motifs are inspired by the architectural style of the extravagant Mughal courtyards where the dancing girls swayed to storytellers’ rhythms. We revisit the pronounced domes, the slender turrets at the corners, the palace halls supported on pillars and the broad gateways in our details.
The collection will be displayed as a depiction of royalty and grace seeking inspiration from conventional jewellery, beautifully crafted out of fine quality of golds and silvers laden with multiple premium quality gemstones, pearls, and beads. The fabric used is pure and sheer, ranging from tissue and organza to jamawar in the form of kam khwab. Through the use of precious stones, rich fabrics and intricate details in our outfits, we delve into the unparalleled charm and beauty of the Mughals.