School of Technology, India
Diksha Rathi’s collection ‘Neel Rangai’ comes from the amalgamation ‘Boro’, the Indian technique of fabrics being patched over each other and bound by thick running stitches, and ‘Boro’ the Japanese method of mending frayed garments using patchwork.
Diksha has ‘healed’ the fabrics using the colour indigo as the basis of his collection, as this storied dye represents India. Patchworking has been created using a range of natural textiles. The fabric was then randomly placed and combined with vegetable-dyed and hand block-printed techniques. From there, the fabric is plunged into vats of indigo dye, which takes on different hues of ‘neel’, or blue.