Iconic fashion designer Ritu Kumar introduces her debut Home collection
The Delhi-based designer's Home collection celebrates Indian textiles and art forms that induce nostalgia while being contemporary and relevant
Ritu Kumar's passion for rediscovering and restoring Indian textiles is legendary, and has been the brands signature since its inception five decades ago. The eponymous label is now all set to embark on a new journey with the introduction of Ritu Kumar Home, a contemporary take on traditional Indian textiles, architecture and motifs. The collection comprises a versatile and modern selection of linen and home accessories than could enliven the cosiest corners of one’s home. Deeply rooted in Indian craftsmanship, it includes a wide range of bed linen, wallpapers, table ware and home décor.
Ritu Kumar Home defines comfortable luxury for homes that are designed to tell their own story. With a vintage lens, it evokes nostalgia of long summer days, decadent winter nights, leisurely strolls around the streets and avenues of Kolkata - which would often lead one to the imposing Victoria Memorial. It reminds you of the pitter patter of monsoon days and mornings in quiet nooks, which is hard to find today yet yearned for by many.
Each of the collections pays homage to an indigenous art form. While most of the collections come from diverse regions, some of them have been mixed together and amalgamated to make the line more contemporary. Researched and recreated from museum-quality Indian textiles, the Ritu Kumar Home collection draws inspiration from textiles belonging to many genres. From the school of Jamavar shawls from Kashmir, the city of Nawabs and the jalis of the havelis of Lucknow to the exquisite crafts of Masulipatnam and the vegetable-dye printed Kalamkaris – a craft that can never grow old with its stylised plant and animal motifs. The repertoire from Sanganer and Bagru School of Rajasthan has been heavily researched and recreated as well.Kalamkari
As one has come to expect from the brand that is rooted in the past but looking to the future, Ritu Kumar Home is also a sensorial delight with its textures and colours - from the many tones of cracked white, porcelain, marigold yellows, dusty rose and mehendi to meenakari jewel tones. The colours themselves are both rustic, organic and are inspired from vegetable-dyed bases.
When fashion designers like Ritu Kumar dress up the home, you can bet it will look stylish yet feel comfortable!