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Anju Modi - Anju Modi’s woman is a traveller
Anju Modi
11 th May 2012

Designer Anju Modi's 'Nomadic Wanderlust' took us through a long-routed journey from the contours of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan to touching the Kutch border in India in the second last show of the evening of Day 1 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012. Traversing the cultural landscapes of each region, Anju Modi tried to achieve a unifying force in the diversity of its many traditional forms. A 'wander' ful collection: Anju added an earthy edge to her collection as the clothing line saw a harmonious union of hand woven fabrics such as raw silk with textured cotton. 'Sarabara,' better understood as the loose trousers worn by the Scythians found a creative transformation in cowl pants paired with woollen drapes and embroidered shrug jackets- reminiscent of the hilly eastern Asia regions. A modern Indian collection: Cultural layering made visible in modern silhouettes was the USP of Anju Modi's designs. A well researched collection that ensured cultural details specific to every region to stay intact deserved all appreciation. As Indrani Dasgupta gracefully took on the runway in a white pleated gown with healed sports shoes peaking from below, Anju Modi hit the motif of the traveller from the very start. Designs and fabric: Magnificent kaftans shrouded with jackets of eccentric cuts and complimenting colours represented a vintage outlook. High-neck jackets, sweater-cum-tunic that occasionally doubled up as blouses with sarees adorned in temple borders lent an ethnic quality to the collection. Short cholis suspending in frills above the waist and teamed with sarees pinned in short pallus, intricately designed shawls, and velvet kurtas with pockets in gold work, brooches neatly clasped at one side supported the apparel with a variety of options in layering as well as independent dressing style. Elaborating on the advantage of layering Anju Modi said, "Layered garment is in trend. It is economy friendly and stylish too. You either have the option of teaming the trousers with any of your previously bought tops or else you can follow a mix and match wardrobe," she added. She tells us that 99 per cent of the fabric used by her is purely handloom and in the variety of Chanderi, silk and tussar minus the fanfare and glitter of other fabric options. She says, "If you notice, even the shoe laces are made from rags that are not discarded by laborious artisans of our country. The effort of a hardworking tailor is recognised in this collection." Journey of a global woman: The collection means more than just the showcased designs to Anju. Says she, "It is the journey of a global woman who has imbibed the cultural nuances of the regions she has travelled to. An Afghani salwaar transforming into the Scythian trousers or the vice versa shows the interaction between two otherwise disparate cultures. It's like composing a garment with the mood of one and the language of another." Anju Modi discovers the many facets of femininity through her theme of wander and travel. It celebrates femininity in its demure characteristic and also hails a woman's confident and strong demeanour- a shift, evident when one phase of designs flows into another.

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