‘Kam’ translates to ‘less’ and ‘khaab’ refers to a ‘nap’—‘Kamkhab’ is a sequence of dreams woven together like a garland of artistic musing, of emotions and of instances that that we’ve subconsciously lived through, multiple times in our minds. Like an emotion of personalised artistry, it is the hand painting of frescos on the walls of a family home. The vision of its inhabitants, adorned on its lime plaster surfaces with vegetable and stone dyes, immortalised in craft and beauty. Similar to love poems, hand embroidered on a piece of clothing, delicately holding together dreams and reality.
Kamkhab is a collection of garments developed at our atelier during two lockdowns, through the breaking and rebuilding of hope, resilience and the fluctuating strength of love. When sometimes, a khaat (embroidery frame) would be abandoned for months to remain, and be resumed later by a different person. Much like a garden after the process of seeding—soaking its sun and water. Each sapling taking its own sweet time to produce flowers. And the clothes, emerging out of a different verse of the same poem, each tell a different part of the same story.
Creating this collection has been like creating a bouquet of flowers—with the beauty of old love and the lightness of new beginnings. Filmed in a century old haveli that was opened after, over eight decades of being shut. Much like intricate adornments on the walls of these homes, the garments envisage the love one pours into building their home. Taking months and years to paint their stories and reside amidst them so as to never forget. Or perhaps leave one day, and move on—with a mere montage of memories—leaving behind the weight of heritage. Kamkhab borrows from the limitlessness of craft, the volume of skill that contributes to its immortality. And the strong passion that enables it to be brought to realisation.
With ‘Kamkhab’ we question ourselves the value of beauty, art and poetry, without someone to appreciate them. And what is heritage, if not what has been endlessly loved once and passed on. Articulated with age-old techniques of hand embroidery, our couture is weightless, despite the intricacy of details—interpreted for the world of today. Realised in fabrics such as silk organza, georgette, crêpe and tissue along with Banarasi cutwork and Chanderi silk textiles, each piece holds values of love, craft, beauty, longevity and human touch. While enabling our community of craftsmen and weavers from across the country, Kamkhab represents luxury that is produced to address the demand, and not pursue consumption.
Jewellery Partner Archana Aggarwal Jewellery
“Rahul Mishra is an internationally acclaimed designer and it is my pleasure to collaborate with him for the FDCI Couture Week this year. Each exquisite garment will be complimented by perfectly handcrafted jewellery from the new Ātman Collection. Each combination will go beyond the traditional Indian palette and yet retain an heirloom value.” —Archana Aggarwal, Celebrated Jewellery Designer
Rahul Mishra – About
Rahul Mishra, the first Indian designer to showcase at the Paris Haute Couture Week champions slow fashion with traditional Indian crafts. His eponymous label with two flagship stores in India and a thriving national and international distribution channel finds its genesis in the ideas of sustainability that present fashion as a tool to create participation and empower the local craft community of India.
The brand’s purpose defines the process. The achingly slowed down process of hand-weaving and hand embroidery allows to build sustainable livelihoods for more than 1000 artisans. Fashion critic and former International Fashion Editor of Vogue, Suzy Menkes, an avid follower of the brand's work, regards Rahul as a “national treasure” while the late Franca Sozzani has praised him as “successfully highlighting the best and most peculiar features of his homeland."
The design house that works on the philosophy of the 3 E’s - Environment, Employment, and Empowerment, aims to look at luxury from the lens of participation and not just consumption.
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