Mon, April 15, 2013

‘Plastic Zeitgiest to Asian dhoti’ Fashion Collection // Hira Shah

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The inspiration for this collection ‘Plastic Zeitgiest to Asian dhoti’ originated from the construction of a traditional garment worn in the villages of Pakistan called the dhoti. It is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around 4.5 metres long, wrapped around the waist and the legs and knotted at the waist, resembling a long skirt. Further research in to this garment led Hira to experiment with different materials. While experimenting with many different materials Plastic seemed to have added a modern twist to the traditional draping and knotting technique.

This then became the basis of the work. Hira Shah incorporated prints which enhanced the aesthetic possibilities of plastic. For this work she investigated the draping and knotting techniques of a Dhoti (traditional garment) in relation to the body by further combining it with an unconventional material. Hira Shah have explored the aesthetic possibilities of the plastic by screen printing it with pigments. The amalgamation of an edgy material with bold prints and colors created a very strong silhouette.

For all inquiries please contact Hira Shah on Not Just a Label.

Hira Shah
Images courtesy © Hira Shah

 

 

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