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Endangered animals have found a voice in fashion

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Animals permit for an infinite exploration of textiles and embroidery, says designer Sanjay Garg, the power behind the label Raw Mango. “As motifs, I always enjoy researching their forms and seeing how they move and live on textile.” 

He’s taken his curiosity in the animal kingdom a step additional by collaborating with luxurious resort Sujan’s co-founder Anjali Singh and provides form to a assortment, Sher Bagh. The limited-edition line highlights humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife, elevating consciousness for India’s critically endangered animal life.


Raw Mango’s Sanjay Garg.
(Courtesy Raw Mango)


In an interview with Lounge, Garg talks in regards to the making of the gathering and why fashion is all the time extra than simply garments. Edited excerpts: 

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How did this collaboration occur?

Anjali is an early patron of Raw Mango. She and (husband) Jaisal Singh have a household legacy of conservation of habitat and safety of wildlife in Rajasthan. We share a comparable imaginative and prescient of a world close to people and animals. One is just not above the opposite and the rampant destruction of wilderness and the animal kingdom by people has been a concern for each of us. We needed to create a dialog in regards to the thought of co-existence and mutual respect between all life types by means of the medium of design, which we started engaged on in 2018.

Could you stroll us by means of the gathering?

The assortment’s core theme of co-existence is rooted in the sure shared way forward for animalia and humanity. Sher Bagh reimagines Varanasi silk brocade textiles by means of extremely experimental weaves that function a mělange of animal types, intermingling with people, typically separate, typically as one single entity.

The assortment represents human’s extraordinary reference to nature. It contains jackets, blouses, skirts, pants and sarees in satin, quilted, silk twill, organza silk, poplin, with motifs that draw from the stripes of tiger, crocodile, Asiatic lion, birds, snakes, human and others.

With this assortment we have additionally ventured into the accent class with safari caps, solids and brocade.

Each of your collections tells a story. What are you narrating by means of ‘Sher Bagh’?

With Sher Bagh, the animals are current for one more motive altogether, actually woven with human figures. Traditionally, looking scenes (shikargah) have been proven on textiles, with the ability steadiness resting on the human. In Sher Bagh, we revisit this by means of 11 animals, ourselves included, woven into a story of coexistence.

In this assortment, we ask ourselves is it nonetheless the ability of man over animals, or can we see ourselves for what we’re…one of many animals themselves?

On what foundation have been the 11 animals chosen?

We chosen animals like tiger, lion, crocodiles, snakes as they’re very generally recognized. The assortment views people as a “species” throughout the animal kingdom, and the mantra of the Bishnoi neighborhood in Rajasthan as a self-directed mannequin of conservation. The ongoing separation of human and animal are opposite to the truth: as people, we are inclined to view the rest as different. In the top, as initially, we’re the identical beast, the identical creatures whose endowments have led to our perceived supremacy, sarcastically threatening our very existence, and people of all else.

Fashion is greater than making garments. It’s additionally a reflection of society and the time it was born in. 

My narrative in design is about tradition greater than the rest. Clothing and what we put on is imbued with many narratives, together with social, financial and political; this is the reason I get pleasure from what I do.

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