Indian Royal Garment Creations - By Tisha Saksena

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Inspired by the old world charm and opulence of Indian royal garments, TISHA by Tisha Saksena offers contemporary products crafted in traditional ways ~ amalgamating a vibrant array of handloom weaves, textiles and intricate embroideries of varied skilled craftspeople from all across India.

Handmade at every stage with a meticulous attention to detail, each luxurious garment is unique and has its own distinct character owing to the natural textures of handloom weaves, handspun fabrics like matka silk, tussar silk and raw silk. These are embellished with zardozi, gota, mukaish, resham and badla hand embroideries in traditional motifs and the tassels and finishings are each painstakingly crafted by hand. Most styles are available in multiple color combinations. 

About Tisha:

Tisha Saksena launched her eponymous label in September 2012 in New Delhi, India. She has lived in several parts of India, and traveled widely, creating her own unique design vocabulary encompassing the indigenous textiles, clothing, crafts and cultural experiences she has absorbed in various states of India balanced with western technical skills of impeccable construction, draping and finish. Her design signature is vibrant and intrinsically Indian in its sensibility but with an understated and classic international appeal.
The designer found her calling in fashion during a short stint the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi while simultaneously pursuing a Masters degree in English Literature. She went on to acquire a degree in Fashion Design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, USA and began her foray into designing at international high street brands Ella Moss, Splendid and Bebe in Los Angeles. She later worked with designers Shantanu & Nikhil, and Instyle Exports, and as a consultant luxury fashion stylist with Genesis Luxury Pvt Ltd in New Delhi, India.

Aarekhini Collection:

In Gujarat, Aarekhini means the outline or drawing of a motif or design on a base fabric. Inspired by vibrant textiles, crafts and colourful garments of the Ahir and Rabari tribal communities of Kutch ~ this collection also incorporates indigenous textiles such as handwoven mushroo silk and gajji silk created by local weavers from the region.

Traditional kutch silhouettes like ‘kaanchdi’ (backless blouses), ‘chola’ (a sleeveless garment) and ‘kedia’ (a short wrap top) are reinterpreted in  contemporary versions. The colour-palette of deep geru (brick-red), kesari (saffron), rani (hot-pink), narangi (violet) and black is rendered with our signature gold zardozi, resham and dori hand-embroideries in ethnic , tribal ‘Dhungo’ and ‘Dhaal’ circular motifs with mirrors.  These timeless ensembles are finally finished off with handmade cowrie-shell tassels.

The Mehr-un-Nissa Collection:

A collection inspired by the life and times of the enigmatic Empress Noor Jahan, born Mehr-un-Nissa, who was regarded as the most powerful and influential woman of the 17th Century Mughal empire. Remarkably beautiful, Noor Jahan was not only a capable ruler, a warrior and an artist, but also significantly influenced the politics, economics, architecture, administration, fashion and culture of her time.

The collection pays homage to her spirit, intelligence and aesthetic sensibility. Handspun matka silks, handwoven silk weaves and raw silks in jewel tones are painstakingly hand embroidered with antique gold zardozi, gota and silver badla in eclectic patterns like the floral ‘boota’, ‘bel’, ‘parinda’ and ‘chaand-tara’ motifs. These are rendered onto traditional Mughal silhouettes, where each timeless ensemble has been discerningly curated for the contemporary woman.

Shalimar Bagh Collection:

This collection pays homage to the grand beauty of Shalimar Bagh, the spectacular royal gardens of Kashmir, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah jahan. A subtle air of leisure and repose, a romantic indefiable spell pervades Shalimar ~ this leafy garden of dim vistas, shallow terraces, smooth sheets of falling water and wide canals, with calm reflections broken only by the stepping-stones across the stream.

Soft pastel colours in delicate silks, airy handspun matka silks, chiffons and georgettes are inspired by the tulips, narcissus, roses and vines that bloom here each spring. Bursts of floral hand embroideries with pearls, ivory cotton thread and antique gold zardozi represent the delicate ivory “Magnolia grandiflora” ~ the signature leitmotif of this collection.

So now for different occasions these collections are in your reach, visit Tisha's store at your nearest location. You can also enhance your shopping experience on her website:


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