Designer sisters stress on ethnicity

A model displays an outfit designed by the sisters.

Jorhat, Oct 11 : Ethnic vibrancy marked the fashion show of twin designer sisters Ravina and Srijana Baruah who showcased their pre-Puja collection here today.

Though the cuts and lines were simple, the dresses, in earthly colours, had flowery patterns, resembling a jungle canopy. Srijana said she always felt that patterns symbolising Northeast’s culture were missing in the dresses and designs here, especially for women during the Pujas.

“Both of us worked together on the concept, which was liberally inspired by images of a vibrant jungle and would also be representative of this region, so full of flowers and greenery,” Srijana said.
“In order to represent the simplicity and innocence of the people here we kept the lines clean,” she added.
Ravina said they would also explore the huge ethnic varieties that the seven states had to offer. “Mising, Bodo, Deori and the tribes of Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur, each has designs and motifs in bold coloured embroidery. These are some of the aspects which we will try to incorporate in our designs later,” Ravina said.
Srijana and Ravina, who completed their three-year course in fashion designing from Delhi this year, returned to their hometown to fulfil their dreams.
“This is the place where we were born and we would like the people of Jorhat, who have a keen sense of fashion, to judge us before we start our own brand,” one of the sisters said.
Pranjit Chetia who runs a model-training institute said the dresses and gowns had an ethnic touch — simple, clean, clear and extremely wearable.
The creations of the twin sisters stood trends apart. While Ravina drew her inspiration from Manipuri dance dress designs, Srijana’s patterns derived from Tankha art of Tibet.