Patine by Shon Randhawa is more than just heritage embroideries, it is rather a philosophy that calls for individuality more than fads
By Asmita Aggarwal
London College of Fashion, UK and NIFT (Delhi) educated, Shon Randhawa, wanted to make traditional embroideries relevant today so that each piece celebrates the artisanal prowess of the country, which has more than 11 different kinds of stitches that are culturally powered. That’s why her label Patine (or Patina, the sheen that copper acquires with natural oxidising), launched in 2007, pays tribute to heritage and hand-crafted techniques that are slowly finding their way back into women’s wardrobes. “We hope that all our creations have that sheen when they pass out of the atelier, hence the label Patine,” she says.
Shon’s skill lies in the ultra-dexterous (Parsi) gara embroidery, which remains her signature, along with marori work and chikankari. “Our clientele is anywhere between an 18-year-old, housewife or an 80-year-old, the key is that the person has to be discerning, quality-conscious and certainly evolved,” she explains. This season, it is the jacket worn with the lehenga, or the wrap with a Mughal coat or just a chikankari sari with a simple shirt, there are dressy pieces, which you can play with. “We believe in layering, so different embroideries are used to create a light and shadow effect. It has been ten years, since we started and in my experience women now have a strong, individual voice that matches not just their sensibility, but also their individuality,” she admits.
That’s why her AIFW autumn-winter 2017 line is titled ‘Eclectic Folklore’, which mixes oriental prints with tribal embroideries (from Kutch), for a nomadic vibe. The colour palette that ranges from teal, grey to black has touches of ikat, velvet, felt, and from which are crafted biker and trucker jackets to long flowing gowns and evening dresses, as well as separates you can pair with your denims. “Emancipation is no longer bra burning and wearing jeans, it is rather being mentally liberated and exercising the choices we have as women and that’s just the kind of clothing we do,” she concludes.