gujarati art deco study


Our dyeing collaborators are located in Gujarat. On one visit out to see them, we stumbled upon a crumbling mansion on a dirt road, not far from the atelier. It was an uncanny blend of art deco and modernist details with a local twist to the colors and patterns throughout the house. We learned from the guard, that it was built in the late 50s. Even though this house was in disrepair it was clear that everything there was specially commissioned. From the tiles, to the furniture, to the light fixtures. Morvi Palace, in the Morvi region of Gujarat, is a good visual example of this style and spirit, with an important whimsical touch.

This tile print and also the pleats and pattern of our silk shirt are all inspired by this aesthetic. As there is a huge Gujarati community in Bombay, these marvellous stylised features can be uncovered in many pockets of the city. Steam punk versions of these colorful art deco tiles have even made their way to the patterns on the back seats of our Bombay black and yellow taxi cabs—famous for their funky interiors.


Sizing and Styling Guide:

The model’s height is 5’8 ft and she comfortably fits into a size S-M. With pleated shoulder seams, this shirt is tailored to fit the female body just right. It looks best worn true to size. So if you are size S-M, buy an S-M. It is made in our most lustrous fabric, Liquid Silk and features buttons at the cuffs and the nape so you can glide in and out with ease. If you are particularly voluptuous, you can still choose to buy your true size to accommodate your curves. So if you are a size S-M, buy a size S-M. We think this shirt looks best when you blouson with a pencil skirt, a blazer and a pair of heels.

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