Kavita Bhartia decides to travel into the rich heritage of India's majestic past and explore the indigenous threads and weaves for her contemporary designs. The foundation of her Autumn Winter 2012-2013 collection unveils an opulent and luxurious India, still unseen by many. Her attempt to delve into the treasure chest of textiles unlocks the art of many unexplored crafts into her distinctive modern cuts. The line up, fashionable in appeal yet retaining the age-old techniques, brings to the fore the hidden styles of old Indian cities. Autumn in India: Copper coloured leaves strewn all over the ramp and twilight lighting created just the perfect ambience for the season and soon walked in the models wearing rich hues and articulate accessories. The scene further kicked into life as a melodious composition of ghungroos and the tabla began to play, again reminding us of the artistic India. Designs, colour and fabric: With the help of master artisans, Kavita Bhartia explores distinctive embroidery techniques and plays with colours that rule the season. Beautiful gold hues fused with a black base, sunset orange married to charcoal grey, and soft sand olive and blues were some of the colour blends hard to be missed. "We've sourced Zardozi from ancient India and layered one print on to another. We travelled to Rajasthan and the bazaars of Old Delhi to buy Gotas", says Kavita. What further accentuated the garments were their innovative ensembles - fan pleated printed tunic with embroidered yoke, green kalidar kurta with textured yoke, grey black ankle grazing tailored jackets with peacock textures on collar, full length tattered and embroidered black dress with churidar sleeves, and Nehru-collared shirts and printed jumpsuits. "My idea is to design clothes that have a global appeal yet exude India's rich textile heritage. I believe in dressing the world but retaining a sense of Indian-ness into my garments", she added. The stand out garment was the black printed sari with glitzy golden borders and an equally glittery sequin blouse. Small beads of various kinds and makes have been introduced into the fabrics to create different moods of modern designs. Embellishment and sparkle have been carefully rendered into the designs so as to ensure a subtle glam look. Gold and silver threads interwoven sporadically into the base fabrics and dotted sequins bordering the cuffs and collars ensure a neat finishing. Accessories: Large, heavy hoops coated in exquisite Zardozi and Gota work completed the fiery contemporary yet calm traditional ensemble. Other accessories included a butterfly brooch and an armlet, both replete with Gota work, sling-on and pouch bags. Kavita summed up by saying, "I like clothes that fit well and hence I've used blends of georgette and chiffon that bring out the beautiful Indian structure. Also, asymmetrical hems and layering creates the magic".