It’s meditative, serene, tranquil, silent and solitary! Payal Jain’s collection Inde Bleu reverberates the essence of life. It traces the journey of a meandering river through varied terrains that collects experiences of the extremely tedious yet meaningful jaunt and relinquishes a lot of its own to nature, in the process. When the river starts its journey from the tiny trickle at top of the snow capped mountains, it is oblivious of the good and the bad its going to garner through the descending. It finally merges in the vast deep ocean in complete submission.
“Inde Bleu” embodies fabrics, textures and weaves that are based on a language of profound and intimate spirituality. Carried forth by a meditative colour palette, rhythmic patterns, capricious currents and a bold attempt to bend techniques beyond their customary horizons & forms, the journey begins with crisp and structured shift dresses, jackets, dresses, waistcoats, giles, jodhpuri jeggings and trench coats to soft, free flowing gowns, full circular skirts, multi-panelled Angarkha tunics and voluminous blouses. The rich and vibrant indigo hues wash over the decadent silks, lustrous satins, earthy linen silks, creamy georgettes and fluid charmeuse. Ancient Mughal costumes have inspired the silhouettes, detailing, patch and appliqué work delicately and painstakingly crafted, tie-dye, arashi, bandhej and shibori inspired prints and patterns weave into the threads of the soul….sublime blues and whites calming the senses. Organic crochet appliquéd with indigo yarns, sea shells, bone beads, sparkling sequins and semi-precious uncut coral and lapeez create an ocean of under water corals, waves formations and sea life interpretations.
Payal Jain’s show witnessed the presence of JJ Valaya, Varun Bahl, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna, Sumant Jaikishan, Nida Mahmood, Robert Vadra, Manish Mehta, Pankaj Ahuja, Niki Mahajan, Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, Reynu Taandon, Sylvie, Abraham & Thakore, Kewin, Ashish and Misha Soni, Rajiv and Ruchi Makhni, Rajesh and Payal Pratap Singh, Sunil Sethi, Namrata Joshipura, Sanjay Sharma, Vijay Arora, Paras and many others.