October 11, 2015 Asmita Aggarwal

Saddling Up

Aditi Dhar of the accessories label Vitasta wants to offer minimal design with maximum impact with the use of hand crafted elements.

By Asmita Aggarwal

Her middle name is Vitasta, or the river Jhelum which flows through the picturesque valley of Kashmir, and so is the name of her eponymous accessories label, launched in 2011. But like water which never stops or deviates from its path Aditi Dhar, has tried to recreate that seamlessness minus the bends in her hand-crafted bags, a skill that she perfected at the National Institute of Design, NID (Ahmedabad) and then interning with Hidesign in Pondicherry, Unistyle Image and working for Mexx in Holland. “I learnt how leather can be moulded, shaped and given a new definition by keeping the aesthetics minimal but impactful,” she adds.


Under Vitasta, Aditi uses sheep, calf and cow leather, and offers a range of wallets, travel bags, iPad and Mac book skins, however, for SS 16 the palette remains natural in sand and monochromes. “We add details like hand weaving, punching and hand knotting to create restraint splendour. Though most of the carving of the handles is executed in wood to give it an artistic edge,” says Aditi.


With her father an engineer from IIT (Delhi) and a mom who teaches at an NGO, Kolkata-born Aditi, loved the architectural side of design, and the 3 D process of working with structures interested her. “I loved the technical side, as form and function appeal to me,” she adds. Branching out into jewellery recently, Aditi is looking at pieces which accentuate the garments rather than just traditional necklaces and earrings. “We have a neckpiece which wraps around the waist or hand woven leather suspenders for women. The idea is to do statement pieces which can be worn over a garment,” she concludes.


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