By Rashi Wadhera
We believe if we were to pick an umbrella theme for all our recent fashion finds, the artisanal aesthetic will come out on top. And we're not the only ones who feel this way. International fashion houses agree, and from Ikat to tie and dye, dare we reward Indian Handlooms with front runner status? Since us adults are well covered, there's no reason our juniors shouldn't get on this bandwagon. Further validating the Indian Handloom influence and international appeal is founder and designer of Chandamama clothing, Chantal Kumar. Dutch by origin, but Indian in her aesthetic, her line of children's clothes is inspired by a strong wanderlust, life all over the world, and in particular, an unrelenting love for India.
The entire line is manufactured from Indian fabrics and dyes, incorporates the ever popular technique of block printing, and is all hand made and finished right here, in good old India. Far from dresses with one too many layers, confetti for embellishments and enough organza to wrap all your Diwali presents, Chandamama keeps it understated, clean and minimal. Although their flagship store in the capital is still in the works, they retail online, and will ship for free anywhere in the county. The entire fair trade collection comprises easy separates, cotton tunics, wrap dresses with a soft metallic finish, baby doll skirts, and a whole lot of backless/halter dresses. We're loving the tie kaftaans, polka dot blouses, and the little waistcoats. A pair of cotton draw strings with a noodle strap crop top, complete with mini juttis? Almost makes us want to have a little girl to dress. Almost. As for the little men, the mini kurtas and Indian motif shirts need to be Diwali and wedding outfit staples. Smaller and better still, Chandamama also caters to babies clothing requirements, so if you are a parent of two, you may now dress them identically.
Notes in our Little Black Book | Chandamama does a line of children's clothing made from Indian fabrics and dyes, incorporating the block printing technique, where everything is hand made and finished. Starting from babies all the way up to young adults, their line of understated, classic and simple clothing are definitely worth checking out.
Price: INR 1100 upwards.