Kerala-based designers marry custom with modernity this Onam

From Seamstress’ kitsch collection that is a bright dash of colour

From Seamstress’ kitsch assortment that could be a brilliant sprint of color
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The default Onam palette is white and gold, with the odd sprint of color both woven in, printed or added as floor embellishment. A couple of Kerala-based designers have added a splash of caprice to their collections this Onam, marrying the standard with the trendy.


From Inkpikle’s collection

From Inkpikle’s assortment
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Kochi-based designer Aathira Manali of Inkpikle has caught to ivory for her handspun, handwoven saris (with kasavu) screen-printed with Onam motifs similar to thumbapoo (Ceylon slitwort) and papillon butterfly (seen throughout this season in Kerala). The saris have been woven at Chendamangalam. “The saris with the papillon butterfly are new, made particularly for the season. The palette of prints is predominantly inexperienced since Onam is outlined by lush greenery throughout,” says Aathira. Every of the saris have a contact of kasavu and strips of metallic prints for added impact. 

The saris are made on order, costs begin at ₹3,900. 

Head to @inkpikle on Instagram for particulars


From Jebsispar’s Oonu collection

From Jebsispar’s Oonu assortment
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What’s Onam with out sadya? Jebin Johny’s Oonu assortment is an ode to the sadya, with the elements even labelled. Designer Jebin Johny pushes the envelope together with his assortment. Identified for his out-of-the-box design sensibility marked by his trademark daring Kerala-inspired prints similar to pepper, water hyacinth, margamkali, Chinese language fishing internet and so on on Koothampully material, he has opted for pink as the color for the gathering. “Inspiration is the idea of my collections, and I derive it from every thing I see round me. The plantain tree with fruit, as an example, is the opposite assortment. I develop plantain… guess the place the inspiration got here from?” says the designer. For these on the lookout for ivory, there’s Musa Acuminta with the plantain print.  

Apart from saris, the gathering (for men and women) has clothes, tunics, kurtas, lehengas and others. 

Costs begin at ₹6,000 and might go as much as ₹28,000. 

For particulars head to @jebsispar on Instagram. 

Rouka by Sreejith Jeevan

Appliqued and embroidered lotus motifs on handloomed cotton saris by Rouka

Appliqued and embroidered lotus motifs on handloomed cotton saris by Rouka
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Appliqued and embroidered butterflies, lotuses, hibiscus, leaves — Sreejith Jeevan’s Onam assortment ‘Thy Backyard Come’ is a nod to the recollections of his grandmother’s flower-filled backyard. “Within the evenings she would string the jasmine flowers for her personal hair. As a baby I’d admire her inexperienced thumb, with the ability to get a plant chopping and convert it right into a fantastically flowering plant. Later in life, working with textiles, I’d evaluate the method to the best way she would develop her backyard. So, it was about discovering native ability, nurturing it, ready patiently for it to bloom with each concepts and prayer. Thy Backyard Come, impressed from the favored phrase ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a tribute to the spirit of rising the native — in reverence to the Kingdom of Mahabali the place righteousness and prosperity dominated. To me, this defines the celebration that’s Onam,” says the designer. Apart from these there are the signature up to date handwoven kasavu sari. 

Costs vary from ₹3,995 to ₹10,000

Obtainable on the Rouka retailer; @roukabysreejithjeevan on Instagram. 


The Onam assortment this 12 months is a kitschy, ombre-dyed splash of color. “The inspiration got here from the ladies working within the fields, of their brilliant lungis and blouses which don’t match. The sprint of color types a hanging distinction in opposition to the inexperienced of the paddy fields,” says Rasmi Poduval of Seamstress, the Thrissur-based label. Giving the standard white and gold palette a miss, the intense colors are for these on the lookout for a change. Nonetheless, one of many standard colors is mustard “which resembles gold. It’s Onam, and folks would nonetheless prefer to put on one thing near the standard!” says Rasmi. Crimson flows into magenta, peacock blue turns into parrot inexperienced, and pink turns to peach…the muslin saris might be paired with ‘mismatched’ ikkat blouses, bought individually. 

Saris are priced ₹3,400 and blouses begin at ₹2,400.

Obtainable on  or @seamstress_india on Instagram 

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