Ritu Kumar's new winter collection is inspired by the rugged landscapes of sweeping mountains and the deep forest glades of one of Indian’s most beautiful regions - the Himalayas.
Ritu explains, “I used embroidery and patchwork to recreate Buddhist thangka paintings onto garments. On others, I used prints to mimic some of the wall hangings seen in Bhutan’s palaces and monasteries. The collection also includes jackets where we have worked with patchwork and highlighted with zardozi embroidery. The choice of fabrics is a mix of silk velvet with Bhutanese weaves, Benaras brocades, and pure wool to add to the richness of the ensemble.”
From classic Bhutanese patterns for the skirts, to silk velvets blends to Benaras brocades and hints of zardozi embroidery, the Himalayan line has been described as by those who loved the collection as “a blend of old and new where most of the modernity comes through the use of traditional aesthetics, in international and contemporary silhouettes.”