Bollywood actress Priety Zinta walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week in an Assamese mekhela chador mesmerizing the audience in attendance. Designed by Sanjukta Dutta, the Assamese attire was aimed ‘to bring alive a blend of contrasting colours and traditional motifs that reflects true Assam’. This marked Sanjukta’s debut solo show at the Lakme Fashion Week 2017.
“This is the first time that I have ever been draped in a mekhela chador and it’s just amazing. The fabric, the weaves and the colours are beautifully encompassed to bring out this beautiful ensemble. Designing is an in-built art and Sanjukta has the flair for weaving the mekhela chador. Her fusion of Assamese motifs to her ethnic designs is simply remarkable,” Bollywood’s dimple queen Preity Zinta said.
Sanjukta’s collection showcased a balance of infused traditional Assamese motifs with stylish trends to the most graceful piece of garment, the mekhela chador. To celebrate her love affair for Assamese silk, Sanjukta for the first time introduced sarees and lehenga cholis made from Assamese silk to her collection.
Speaking on her debut solo show at the Lakme Fashion Week, designer Sanjukta Dutta said, “This year, through my collection at Lakme on the sustainable and textile day, I wanted to showcase the mouldings of Assamese silk into various attires. I brought in new design sensibilities, whilst trying to preserve the traditional designs from the region. I kept several motifs that are seen on traditional textiles of the Northeast intact as they are traditional, beautiful and hold symbolic meaning.”
Sanjukta Dutta hails from Nagaon in Assam. She creates a unique combination of clubbing traditions and prints of different geographies in to one unique customized piece of garment, with the Assamese silk mekhla chador in most cases being the base.