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Amidst all the skirts that are highlighting on Red Polka this week for our special edition- ‘The Skirt Affair’, there is one set of skirts, an Indian silhouette that is taking the world by a storm. We are talking about lehengas. Don’t we all love them for their elegant cut and elaborate flow? We are in conversation with Nataasha Dubliish of Orchids Sutraa. We promise you’ll love the designs this brand offers, and their story is exemplary!
Talking about the brand, Nataasha says-
“Orchids Sutraa is my innate and deep passion to uplift our dying Indian crafts at an international level. At Orchids Sutraa, we believe that fashion knows no boundaries. Hence, with our free flow cuts and silhouettes worked upon by Indian crafts encompass global boundaries. Our garments are ethically made with a transparent supply chain and currently have everything in – house. Our core values define ‘Style, made with love’”.
Lehengas especially have evolved and continue to do so. We have long skirts, and mid length skirts with crop tops with a lace piping (They were very hot this summer). The lehengas that we create are very flattering to the Indian body type. It defines the waist and cuts into an A – line without much definition on the hips.
Lehenga cuts have evolved, revolved and yet evolved again.
A -Lines flatter the Indian figure the best. They impart a full look on the hem line without putting the hips in focus with a narrower waistline.
Lehenga today almost resembles a couture gown. Speaking of which, we have lehengas with drapes, layers and minimalist embellishments. Ideal if you want to go ahead with a fairy tale theme for a soft feminine look.
The mention of a lehenga is never complete without the fish tail. However, this can be worn only if the body type is slender. As it is fitted on the hips with a lot of emphasis on the curves.
There are even lehenga sarees these days. Again very flattering to the Indian body, cut in full umbrellas with the fabric attached on the front or on the side for a pallu. Any age group can carry it out with style, grace and elegance.
As lehengas are often associated with being heavy, it is best to keep the accessories simple and feminine to maintain the delicacy.
Lehengas are best accessorized with head bands and flowers for a delicate look. Even the traditional maang tikkas and jhumars can look very elegant.
You can accentuate your waist with a slim belt having bells hanging from it or even with fresh flowers in the same pattern.
Nataasha studied from The Parsons School of Design in New York, and worked with Anna Sui and at DKNY at the technical design department. Upon her return to India, she is retailing under her prêt wear label “Orchids Sutraa” mainly consisting of India western quirky silhouettes. Ethically made from different artisan village communities across India, such as Benaras, Kanchipuram, and Bagru- Rajasthan.