spring / summer 2014

GREY MATTER sees Little Shilpa dismantle the sari and re-assemble it after an ingenious series of seven steps. A presentation reflecting the alternate spectrums of fantasy and reality.

The Process:
Tear it down with your fingers or a scissor.
Toss it in a maximum power gender blender.
Tell the English dandy to re-create his dapper.
Text the Bombay local to lend his unique pepper.
Take time to ensure none of the pieces are similar.
Trip it up with headpieces for that special flavor .
Time is up; presenting Grey Matter.

Little Shilpa plays with the decidedly orthodox norms associated with the sari and the katori or bowl choli (top/blouse worn underneath the sari) by transforming them into shirts, while the pre-draped sari-skirts are worn not with the conventional blouses or corsets but with men’s shirts, bow-ties, collars and tee shirts. It is an endeavour to open up the sari, or un-wrap it up, rather, to more sartorial experimentation. Little Shilpa also puts the perspex into perspective by pairing vertiginous headpieces (her interpretation of a contemporary neo-modern Bombay bazaar) with the outfits. Textiles used include tulle, brocade, silk and lace in a palette of muted green, blue, green, grey and black with a hint of old gold. The headpieces also incorporate the same fabrics, where Shilpa envelops cut-outs from brocade saris with perspex, in a move to hold traditions close, but with a modern outlook over it.

In the GREY MATTER collection the dramatic showpieces will be matched with a collection of covetable, wearable headpieces, neckpieces and epaulets. Pieces are all individually designed and each piece carries its own story.