Designers Mohit and Anjali initially came up with many themes which included Jauhar, love stories from Rajasthan, Roma Devi and Jagannath Puri temple. After a lot of brainstorming and ideation, they finally pinned Bhunga house as their inspiration for JD Design Awards 2022.
They chose the pathway, ‘inspire a group’. Their research included a brief on Gujarat, the Kutch, the people from Kutch- tribes and their occupation, their cuisine, and their way of living. To dig a little into their inspiration, Bhungas are traditional dwellings found only in Gujarat’s Kutch region. The buildings have thatched roofs and are surrounded by circular walls. They’re noted for their seismic structural stability and climatic responsiveness. They also provide protection from sandstorms and cyclonic winds. The properties of the house that makes it unique is that the house stays warm during the winter and cold during the summer times. The houses are called ‘Architecture without an architect’ as they are built with the knowledge of people and not with any architectural plan.
The silhouette of the collection is inspired by bamboo since it has antibacterial, UV resistant, and hygroscopicity properties. The fabric is softer than cotton with a texture akin to cashmere and silk. The pattern taken for the curation of the collection is influenced by the Kutch people, and the colours are orange and blue.