Taika by Poonam Bhagat
Slice of Samarkand & Bite of Bokara
The Summer Spring 2013 collection from Taika by Poonam Bhagat is inspired by the vivid and enriching world of Central Asian Suzanis specifically from the regions of Samarkand , Bukhara , Tashkent and Shar-i-Sabz . Suzanis are vibrantly embroidered fabrics which were traditionally handcrafted by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry and were presented to the groom on the wedding day. Often used as a canopy over their heads during the ceremony. It derives its name from the Persian word ‘ Suzan” which means needle. Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, tulips, carnations, and irises.
This inspiration led to one cohesive colorful story on the ramp. Swirling , twirling , whirling kaleidoscope of fluid ensembles both contemporary and classic , yet edgy . Short dresses , jumpsuits and long flowing robes are part of the silhouettes. Dramatic reds , blacks , ivories and emeralds dance together in appliquéd and embroidered forms.
The Slice of Samarkand & Bite of Bokara collection is currently in stores and is available at Samsaara (Delhi & Mumbai), AZA (Delhi & Mumbai), Evoluzione (Delhi & Mumbai), Kimaya (Delhi, Mumbai & Surat). Elan, Elahe, Collage and Ensemble apart from many other locations.
Hair accessories designed by Yvonne Alexandridou. Paperjewelz by Vrinda Gokhale.
The same theme has been carried forward the costumes exclusively designed for Opera Lafayette’s staged production of Felicien David’s “Lallah Roukh” to be performed at the Kennedy Centre , Washington DC and The Lincoln Centre , New York on 26th and 31st January 2013.
It is a charming story of Aurangzeb’s daughter on how she sets out on a journey from Delhi to Bactria ( as it was known in the 1800 ) to marry the Prince of Samarkand , but falls in love with a poet while passing through the enchanting valley of Kashmir.
Lallah Roukh was first written as four narrative poems by Thomas Moore in 1817 and later staged in operatic form by Gaspare Spontini (1821) , Felicien David (1862) , Antonio Rubinstein ( 1863) , Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1879).