School of Technology, India
Diksha Rathi’s collection, ‘Neel Rangai’ comes from the amalgamation of the technique of ‘Boro’, which is the Indian word explaining the technique where fabrics are patched over each other and bound by thick running stitches, as well as the Japanese term ‘Boro’ which means to mend soiled or frayed garments with the use of patch-work techniques.
Diksha expresses the concept of ‘healing’ the fabrics even further by celebrating the indigenous color of “Indigo” as the very basis of her collection, as it is synonymous with India’s colour history.
Patch-working is created using a range of natural textiles, which have been randomly placed, and combined with vegetable dyed and hand block-printed techniques. The whole development of this surface treatment is then plunged into vats of Indigo dye (which each takes on different hues of “Neel” or Blue).