Kamal Kali is a capsule collection, by Indian designer Tahera Peeran and Australian designer Kate Chad. Playing to their passion reviving and reimaging creativity, whilst keeping traditional arts and weaves, Tahera X Kate are working to launch this collection in Dubai, March 18th/19th … writes Soniya Kirpalani
Spending her early years in Bahrain,Tahera Peeran returned to India. Growing up, she started falling in love with India’s vocabulary of arts and weaves. Studying design, Tahera’s launched her premiere collection in Dubai, winning accolades, she also showcased at leading fashion weeks in Sri Lanka and India.
Her eponymous collections earned her a reputation for her contemporary design and her creative use of crafts. Two decades later, she continues hone her skill and design sensibilities.
Kate Chad grew up in Australia and has lived as an expat for her adult life, starting her label in Dubai five years ago. Fate ensured a creative connection between them, when their paths crossed in Bengaluru 2022. This is when Tahera x Kate was born.
Representing rebirth and beauty, their first capsule collection is titled Kamal Kali and the duo dipped into India’s hand painted Kalamkari arts, creating delightful and whimsical motifs. Working eye popping Ikats over delicate jamdani, Tahera and Kate are creating pure luxury with sustainability infused in their style.
Dipping into the ancient art of Kalamkari they have been hand painting fabric; starting with a tamarind pen, their teams have painstakingly outlined and coloured with natural dyes. Each piece of fabric is around 10 metres in length and involves 23 steps taking at least a month to complete by talented artists.
Kamal Kali, is the symbolism of the lotus and bud encapsulating the sensation of rebirth. This mirrors the inherent beauty of Indian craft techniques which the duo has reimagined this into contemporary, relaxed silhouettes with international appeal. So, their pieces are designed to layer together, or seamlessly slide into any existing wardrobe.
The Collection is being launched at Nilaya House, Al Qouz, 18th / 19th March 2023.