Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sambalpur Handloom - The Glory of Western Odisha

Hi Readers hope you are enjoying my posts. This is Paromita Das - Clothing Designer and Owner Fashion Studio Urban Purple - I am presenting the fragrance of Orissa which gives insight to the Hand-loom of Orissa. This time I have came up with the Hand-loom fabric of Orissa as this is my second Home State. For Fashion Designers worldwide the Hand loom of Orissa gives inspiration with its rich cultural heritage rich fabric and sari. However, to cope up with the current trend and modern women’s need the designers should mold themselves to match the fashion trend and makes it more viable towards the modern world. In my collection “Fragrance of Orissa Hand-loom” I have tried to bring awareness about the rich hand loom of Orissa and how it can be molded to the modern and contemporary silhouettes. This collection is somewhat close to the thought process which I have gathered during my visit to Orissa. In this collection I have used Bomkai mixed with Cuttacki and Ekat. These are the core fabrics of Orissa with numerous variety and flavor.As Freelance Clothing Designer and busy schedule of my design studio work of Tech Pack Design I get little time to fulfill my dream of working with Indian Hand-loom Weavers. However, when I get little time I get associated with them.

Historical Significance of the Fabric Colors and Motifs

"Bomkai" design locally known as "Bandha" design is an Hand loom Technique of Southern Orissa “Sonepur”. The specialty of this fabric is designs on the fabric are created using needle and simple work of needle on Jala (Net Weaving) technique on hand loom. Motifs are influenced by tribal art with Temple patterns border and elegant color palette. The Borders are featured with ornament border. Border motifs are influenced by Temple, Kumbha, Rudraksha etc. Falling Edge of Bomkai fabric pattern on hand Weaved from gold or silver colored silk threads and patters like rukha (pestle, stick), Dombaru, Kanthi Phoola (small flower), Kalera (bitter gourd), Shankha (holy musical instrument) peacock and fish. Bomkai is also famous for Geometrical Tribal Designs. Specialty of Bomkai has its contrast borders, heavy designs with a close relation with Jagannath culture, four basic colors which commonly found on the Cloths of God Jagannath Black, White, Red, Yellow orange and is extensively used in Bomkai fabrics. The design and color palette makes Bomkai stand out.

This presentation of Orissa Fabrics is just beginning and Our Fashion Studio is working and trying to support the Hand-Loom Weavers Through designs and trying to show how hand-loom can be used not only for saries but also for western outfits. The motive of this blog is to convey and show the benefits, of those Eco friendly fabrics and handicrafts in European Fashion World and also American and other western countries fashion consumers. As a Freelance Fashion Designer and with no other support I have tried to make use of it in the best possible way and there would be a lot more coming up in my upcoming collection.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Organic Cotton & Moder Fashion Trend - Clothing Designer

Going Back to Nature May Save Our Mother Earth.

Pollution Control is the most important and priority of the world these days and almost every country is trying to curb pollution some way or other.  Food Shelter and Clothing is our basic necessities and to produce them we hurt our world in many ways. One of the way is to produce synthetic clothing that not only hurts our world but also us. Most of the sportswear companies are now using Polyester, Nylon and other synthetic garments and contribute to the pollution. Now what is the solution?

The Solution lies in our mother earth itself and it gives numerous avenues. Going back to the old era Cotton Handloom, Silk and Jute and Linen are quite attractive harvests which can be used as an alternative to Poly based clothing. As a Fashion Designer and Garment Manufacturer i always advise my clients who want to produce organic clothing.

One of the Leading apparel brand from USA now using purely organic materials to produce their garments and they are really appreciated and have great value to their products. Clothing Designer and Garment Manufacturers producing the Garments are also benefited. More importantly the farmers who almost stopped producing organic raw materials are now getting back to it. This is a good sign and I hope things will change and we can see a better and less polluted world going forward.

My Inspiration comes from various things in my life and trying to do good work each day for different brands is an inspiration itself. Cloting Designer and owner of Urban Purple fashion studio. The fashion industry has always enjoyed a casual decadence but a growing global concience has hed a new sense of responsibility that lies in making something productive for a cause and being satisfied. People around the world always facinated by the infanite number of possiblilties of clothing as a wearable form of art.However , never put their thought which brings about an income potential for cottage inustry around the world.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Custom Clothing - Use of Cotton Handloom

You feel special when you get a designer clothing unique and exclusive for your wardrobe. And more special if the money you spent goes for a good cause. The designer dresses which bring rural hand loom weavers an income potential. Fashion Studio Urban Purple with Supezas presents the Concept of Custom Clothing for Woman’s where you design your own dress and we produce for you using the best hand weaved Organic Cotton fabrics. Personalized Clothing is one of the happening concept and most fashion conscious and health conscious women today desires. Custom fit clothing or the Boutique Concept comes to picture when your order comes to you as a personalized dress only for you.

Fashion Flat Designer
Sketch of the Gown

Being technical clothing designer and professional commitments and busy work schedule pull us back. However, my leisure times spent on clothing design that brings about some value addition to the weavers community. I grab any opportunity as a fashion designer to help the weaving community and choose to get involved and design cloths as per their textile motifs. The motivation for my fashion studio is to give them platform to showcase hand-loom creation in fashion market worldwide. I have tried to give a different concept to organic cotton evening gown using Bengal Jamdani and Tripura hand-loom fabrics. The acceptance of this fashion concept helps keep their traditional weaving style alive and provide adequate wages to weavers.

I have tried to depict the scope of designer dresses on handloom fabric without compromising glamour and elegance look. Organic cotton died with vegetable die makes it environment friendly and thereby there is no side effects if you wear it for a longer time at any place and any occasion. I have used traditional hand weaved Jamdani cotton with golden thin lurex border. Weaved with all over Jamdani Buti to give a rich look to the fabric. I have taken the tribal hand loom of Tripura with vertical and horizontal stripes with scattered embroidery in different colors for waist band.To give a feminine look I have used bitten Zardosi and crystal embroidery panel as a strap and crystal brooch at the overlap lair. Also have used Mercerized cotton yarn for the waistband tassel and Concealed zipper to give shape and fit.

People Behind the Work :

The Weavers of Basudebpur Shilpa Samiti put their outstanding effort and produce Hand-loom Saris and Fabrics.Their Creativity and optimism to take up any design gives encouragement to think something innovative.. The Weavers are capable to put forth any kind of geometrical designs to a live fabric or sari within no time. This village is near Medinipur West Bengal with population of 400 and 67 families of Tant Weavers having average family annual income of Rs.6685.With Improper communication and minimal Govt Hand-loom Weaving is decreasing rapidly.Feel proud that the dress that I am wearing is giving some people smile in their face and helping weavers who seek the most needed attention. Through my designs I am trying to reach those people who can be of help to them. I feel success if I get to help one of them. We want the Organic Product but the means these products are being produced and how ethical the producers are not taken in to consideration. What they want is the end product. The main purpose is to make the best use of organic cotton and hand weaved fabric and also makes use of the talent who deserves the due recognition for their hard work.

Paromita Das ( Freelance Fashion Designer)

      Born and Brought up in Agartala Tripura, and studied Fashion in NIFT Kolkata and settled in Bangalore. Started as a Freelance Fashion Designer and Tech Pack Designer Paromita has sailed a long way for the ultimate aim to become the proud daughter of Tripura and trying herself to become one of the preferred designer. Currently Owner and Designer of URBAN PURPLE Fashion Studio an Integrated Fashion Design Studio and Apparel Manufacturing Unit based out in Bangalore. Also Urban Purple has its own Clothing Line for Men’s wear and Ladies Wear Clothing. Paromita Das Technical Designer and Owner of Urban Purple  Fashion Studio with its In House Garment Manufacturing Unit provides its  Customers all in One Solution to New and Up Coming Apparel and Clothing Brands and Private Clothing Line Sheet owners and facilitates with Fashion  Design Service, Tech Sheet Design, Sample Development and Apparel Production under one Roof. Urban Purple Fashion Studio handling various clients in USA and Canada and work with them as Creative Design Partner and Consultant and Technical Design Firm facilitating Garment Tech Sheet and Size Specs, Designer Clothing Consultation, Apparel, Tech Pack Design.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Manipur Handloom - Custom Fit Garments

Fashion Studio Urban Purple has been keen to explore the Handloom of various part of India since early 2006. During its exploration we went to the remote area of Manipur and Nagaland where we find the most beautiful craft of Handloom fabric from the looms of the handloom weavers.

Handloom and Cottage Industry of Manipur is ignored as much as the place itself is in India. They belongs to the same 7 sisters States which are being deprived and almost cut-off from the main land of India.  In this section I am writing my experience in working with people of Manipur. Working with people who work on ground level is always been an exiting experience and over a period of time this has become passion to work with them and work with them closely. My Designer Label "Paromita Das" is always inclined towards Hand-loom of different parts in India. This is another string of my inclination towards Manipur hand loom and working with modern fashion trend. The creation fits the current fashion and the silhouette would fit for all occasions. Pleats and Frills embellished with fabric flowers enhance the look of the dress. Short dresses always lead the trend! You can find your ideal cocktail and prom dresses in every party. The collection is designed to suit fashion forward people who like to wear dress that they can carry on quite often and fit the bill for all occasion.


Fashion Studio Urban Purple got opportunity to visit many places as independent and Freelance Fashion Designer and Consultant. I visited Manipur to consult and learn the use of Manipuri Fabric for modern outfits. There I found the fabrics with fabulous colors, texture also quite Eco friendly and fashionable which can be used for modern cocktail dress and gowns. So the couple of designs which I have incorporated are mainly keeping in mind the handloom fabrics of Manipur. I found these materials have great potential for making dresses which are quite suitable for summer since they are 100% cotton and at the same time give attractive and trendy look if presented properly.

Show Stopper Trupti

Manipur Hand loom Fabric and its Inception:

The traditional skill of hand-loom weaving is a matter of status symbol the women folk in the state, also is an indispensable aspect of their socioeconomic status. This is a share of 27.04% of the total weaver‘s population in Manipur. Notable feature of Manipur Hand-loom industry is entire workforce is women. The women are found to be involved in weaving, dyeing, bleaching and trading of finished products and yarn. Apart from cultivation and agriculture, handloom weaving provides the highest employment to women folk of Manipur. This is a natural cluster of handloom it owes it origin to the inherent need of the people of Manipur.

Their Limitations:

In Spite Manipur Handloom is most important cottage industry in the state. Around 40% of weavers are idle partially for (a) Presuming that bulk production would not find market.(b) Lack of modern improved design techniques and market awareness. Promoting them in Domestic and International market to provide them work and some extra income and keep them up in the main stream. As an independent and freelance fashion designer a small effort from my end to create awareness of this elegant traditional art of weaving our country stores in it and is slowly diminishing.

Western Outfit on Handloom Fabric
European Design on Hand-loom Fabric

Support Strings for Making This Collection Successful:

Our special Thanks to Mr. P. Sachitananda Co- owner of Span Inc for his immense support through the collection presentation and back-end support in terms of stitching and processing of the collection. Span Inc sister concern of Palyam Textile Processors established in 1971 and has versatile fabric process house and leading in processing fine fabrics for exports and domestic industry. Also Span Inc has span of Manufacturing and Exporting woven and knitted fashion garments. Span Inc has full range of Apparel Cut and Sew service. Span Inc is also supply all qualities of Fabrics and distributor of Cotton Lenin yarn fabrics.

Manipuri Hand-Loom Fabric
Weaver Weaving Manipuri Fabric

Miss. Trupthi is a Model, Fashion Choreographer, Dancer and Actress and most prominent personality of Kannada Film Industry. She has been my support since I started my fashion shows and has done many notable shows and modeled for many television shows among with me is the show on Zoom TV a national channel broadcast-ed across

Fashion Designer Paromita and Show Stopper - Trupthi