CYNEFIN – CURATOR – JDADA2019
“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”
—- ALDO LEOPOLD —-
Designer Disha Sethia’s collection “Cynefin” means, “place where a person feels they ought to live and belong; it is where nature around you feels right and welcoming.” The designer has drawn inspiration from “Terraforming”, a hypothetical process of modifying the biosphere of a planet to resemble that of planet Earth to make it habitable for humans.
The process of terraforming involves making life sustainable on a different planet, by being habitable to microbial life, plant life and human life. Modification is made to the atmospheric temperature, surface topography, and surface ecology similar to that of Earth. Terraforming includes another process, to terraform a planet through a completely artificial technique, only the sun being a natural parameter, known as paraterraforming. It involves the construction of a habitable enclosure on a planet which encompasses most of the planet’s usable area. The enclosure would consist of a transparent roof held one or more kilometres above the surface, pressurized with a breathable atmosphere, and anchored with tension towers and cables at regular intervals.
The collection is made up of 100% organic fabric, which is composed of pure mulberry silk and linen yarn in three different colours, cream, olive green and golden brown. All the three colours inspired from the main concept of Terraforming. One of the material combinations used for the collection is pure silver zari with organic raw banana fibre. The process provided a punch to organic woven materials; this is what gave certain looks their distinct coloration and texture like, pure linen yarn with pure mulberry silk yarn. The Paraterraforming dome structure has been used as an outer detachable feature. The part of the silhouette within the dome has been highlighted with pure silver-banana fabric. The collection is a range of Indo-Western, inorder to maintain the authenticity of the Indian handloom weaving and westernising it.