Natural Beauty

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    An attempt at natural dyeing, using commonly found flowers.
    The dyed fabric was used to make scarves which can be used by anyone.
    People have certain notions about beauty, especially in the film and design industry. They harp on and on about how everyone is beautiful in their own way, but when it comes to shooting their own film or garments, they bank on stereotypical notions of beauty.
    These models and actors often campaign for womens' rights and respect for women, but they dont think twice before shedding their clothes for an item number which plays no role whatsover in the plot of a film.
    Do they realise that countless youngsters idolize them and ruin their physical and mental state of being by trying to achieve such 'standards' of beauty.
    As designers, I feel that we have the option of making meaning out of our words and visuals.
    When i had to document my scarves, which are meant for any one and everyone,
    I tried to reflect that in my shoot.
    I asked my grandmonther and my younger sister to model for me and help me convey
    this message in a small way. 
  • Natural tie-dyeing and bleach marbling
  • My grandmother
  • This scarf is dyed with Indigo, using the arashi technique of shibori tie dye.
  • This is a chemical crush dyed scarf, using low concentration direct dyes and bleach.
  • A mixture , 'Manjishtha' made by soaking and boiling differnt flowers is prepared.
    The fabric is soaked and then treated with different solutions to produce different colours.
    This arashi scarf was soaked in manjishtha and then a ferrous solution.
  • My sister, in a shibori shirt, dyed using manjishtha, and ferrous and copper solutions.