HYDERABAD: Unlike artists who make paper their canvas, or those that opt for artifacts, Jaya Baheti, a renowned artist from the city, is all set to astound art lovers with her work on fabric. Titled Religiously Rebellious, her latest collection will be showcased at Arture Connect Style Week. “The show will travel to Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, London and Cambridge,” says Jaya.
Known for experimenting on diverse mediums, the painter-turned-designer’s collection consists of 15 sarees and 15 stoles. “I have been designing fabric since the past few years. But this is the first time I will be showcasing them,” says Jaya. She is using vegetable colours, acrylic paints and ink to get the colours right. She has given a contemporary look to her collection.
“I have used raw silk, pure silk, dupioni silk as my canvas,” informs the artist who has worked for six months on the collection. The limited edition collection will also showcase bags, sandook and jewellery with Indian antique touch -- all designed by her.
Asked how different it was for her to design for a fashion show and not just for client, she says, “It was like adding another feather to my cap.”
So why did she choose to name her collection Religiously Rebellious? “My art (painting) is my religion which I have used in this collection, but I constantly shifted mediums to showcase my art. I have been rebel that way. That is why I decided to name it like that,” she explains
And her show is not just a ramp walk. “The event is mix of art, artifact and fashion. It will have seminars, my art collection will be presented and simultaneously the ramp walk will also be held,” she says.
If you are worried that the art work will get wasted once the fabric starts getting older, Jaya says that they can further be cut and framed and made to adorn the walls.