AGADA– Curator – JD Annual Design Awards 2019|Fashion Design
“I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way.”
—- GILLIAN ANDERSON —-
Designers Aswathy Arun and Druvi Shah’s collection, Agada which means freedom from disease or state of being healthy is a line of active wear made of organic fabrics, inspired by yoga.
Yoga is based on five basic principles: proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and meditation. Yoga awakens one’s internal energies and cleanses the whole body. In order to make the practice easy, one should wear comfortable and breathable clothes. People tend to wear tight fit active wear made of mostly synthetic fabrics, which does not let the skin breathe and holds the sweat for longer time in the body which is not healthy.
The collection exemplifies the traditional concept of yoga through a modern touch. The garments have been created using breathable fabric to achieve optimum comfort when practicing in them. Flexibility was the prime objective while designing the garments. The designers have incorporated gathering attained through fabric manipulation and lose fit silhouettes. Since, white is the preferred colour for yoga wear, the designers made it the base colour and added some beige and grey for making the garments more interesting.
Natural fibers and natural dyes were used to create the garments. The fabrics used to construct the garments were hemp, organic cotton mix, cotton variants like mulmul and khadi to make the garments comfortable, durable and eco-friendly. Usage of Khadi enables people who rely upon the handicraft industries to make a dignified living, despite the industrialization of the textile industry across India.