In the rich heritage of Indian textiles there is never dearth of pattern plays to choose from. Designers in India are always playing with the most amazing combinations with colors/ dyes/ techniques/ geometries/ florals in their palettes. In my love for print it was time to start focusing with some Editorials which specially talks about my favorites via Flatlays and some trivia about them. Giving you cues of how to get your print game on, for the Gentleman’s wardrobe keeping the India magic in mind.
GULAB CHAND, Jaipur
One of the most interesting stores in Jaipur which works with traditional and contemporary block prints and is well known for men’s shirts and kurtas. A must visit for cotton block print lovers like me the range of designs available is immense. In the image of three shirts shown here the monochromatic black and white are quite modern takes of a shirt which one can wear at work and is ideal to brave the summers here. Special attention to the dark blue and purple organic print within the linear lines. Always an interesting overlap as a pattern, the store always has many fun options to choose from. The website mostly showcases the womenswear but best to visit for the menswear options.
Address: 102-106, Ground Floor, Mall-21, Opp. Rajmandir Cinema, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
“Paisley or Paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the buta or boteh, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin that resembles a twisted teardrop. Paisley designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal Empire versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally. Although the fig-shaped paisley is of Persian origin, its English name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced.”
As a motif it has been used in various formats across generations. Widely used in textiles, home furnishings, wall papers , carvings , embroideries and specially in shawls and fashion. The paisley is still to date one of the most widely used elements in wedding garment design in the country. In the Flatlay shown here its seen in very different usages across shirts and a custom designed trouser which you can also see in the shoot image above.
Denim Paisley shirt: Scullers
One of the popular colors in block print is definitely the combinations of Blues. Seen in the setting here is the custom designed paisley blue and white trouser and placed with the foliage block on a summer white and blue Anokhi shirt. Not to suggest that you wear them together unless you are very brave but the colors of the blue and white is truly a must have in the wardrobe.
THE LINEN IKKAT
Details: Print on Print, Formal.
Blockprint Blazer: Sandip Jaiswal | Hat: Tie Rack | Scarf: Linen Club
Not often seen in this minimal palette but this scarf from The Linen Club is interestingly done in the finest white linen with a muted brown ikkat pattern in two tones. A very contemporary global concept for the design intent it marries well with the brands philosophy which creates clean cut fine linen clothing for men. The design of the scarf is a such that it forms the perfect accessory for a formal or even a casual look as shown in the styling images as shown in the section.
One can also see a very casual look for the same scarf with just a denim shirt and waistcoat and then the scarf can add that touch of flair as shown in the combination below or maybe just a bright t shirt and a pair of jeans and your all set to go
Details: Smart Casuals
T shirt: Super Dry
Well hope you liked these ideas guys, always more to come on the Blog and looking forward to your ideas and inputs, happy prints this weekend!!