Swati Argade – sustaining ancient traditions

By Kate | Women
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Indian-American clothing designer and entrepreneur Swati Argade creates clothing that enhances the beauty of women, and nurtures and supports the people who make them. Swati chooses fabrics and embroideries for her clothing designs that help to sustain the maintenance and development of local economies and ancient traditions like weaving, embroidery, and dyeing.  She has traveled all over India sourcing items from artisan cooperatives; her spring/summer collection of dresses features the saris of Orissa, India, home to a 2000 year-old history of Ikkat weaving. The woven motifs of the fabrics feature the ubiquitous triangular temple borders, and the bhomkai chakras, an homage to the great Sun temple of Konark. All dresses are made of 100% silk and/or cotton and have been sourced from textile cooperatives outside Bhubhaneshwar. This Mughal “Blue Arcturus” dress is $475 USD.

This Usha Alexandria White dress is made from a 100% cotton sari hand-woven, trimmed with an ancient temple motif in a black. 100% cotton lining. $250 USD. All dresses designed in Brooklyn, made in India. Ships everywhere

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