Bsulakshana X TUTLA
“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.”
– Lord Byron
In my previous story, I narrated the beauty of TUTLA and its magical drapes. Now, for it’s latest collection, Tutla turned towards the culture of the country that has become home to the designer. The maori culture plays an inspiration to Shibani’s new line. She amalgamates her designs with the Tangata toa and the Te Mana print by new Zealand artist Toi Hatfield and Richard Francis respectively. Shibani worked closely with Maori designer Jeanine Clarkin who developed the prints for her. She remains true to her signature style of drapes that can be worn effortlessly and with ease.
The black gown is my absolute favourite because it’s alluring in a very subtle way. The gold maori print stands out against the black silk fabric and the silhouette is feminine and powerful at the same time.
I love the combination of white and gold. It’s so serene and appealing. Shibani makes sure that all her pieces are fuss free, rich in texture and that one feels beautiful in them. And the White tunic is one such special piece. I am a sucker for exaggerated patterns so I thoroughly enjoyed shooting in the saree with the maori print border. The balloon sleeves were treat to wear. I wore the saree short and teamed it with a pair of trousers to give it an alternative twist, but feel free to try your own unique style of saree wearing. To each their own!