The limited edition wool collection that won SUKETDHIR the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize menswear final is now available to buy.
Isetan in Japan, Korea’s Boon the Shop and David Jones in Australia have all welcomed the Indian label, celebrating the launch with in store events and dedicated window displays.
Hailing from New Delhi, menswear designer Suket Dhir cleverly fuses classic western tailoring with elements of the designer's national dress, such as oversized proportions and lightweight fabrics. Using the traditional technique of hand-tied and dyed yarn (Ikat) and hand woven fabrics, the Made in India collection aims to "trace the mellowed and faded experiences of the past memories through the ombre pattern". Seamless moulding and heat setting of the fabric reinforces the garments, while the age-old technique of Kasuti, a traditional hand embroidery, creates geometric, grid-like patterns in an update on the classic quilting stitch.
"Blending the oriental, imperial and the traditional, the collection is a mix of structured and fluid drape that presents a transcultural style," says Dhir. "When we persuaded the weavers of Telangana, who specialise in Ikat, to work with wool for the first time, the results were magical. We are now committed to exploring the introduction of Merino wool to the other hand-weaving techniques of India and we look forward to creating some truly spectacular results."
Fusing eastern and western sartorial codes, SUKETDHIR’s winning collection for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize is truly unique