The Earth Goddess Collection
For Kolkata Fashion Week, Kolkata.
Seven years ago an NGO began working with the tribals who lived on the foothills of the Amboli Ghats bordering Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. An NGO distributed free gas for cooking and encouraged the villagers to plant saplings which could be harvested for natural dyes.
The Wendell Rodricks Earth Goddess collection uses coarse handspun cotton, viscose jersey and silk. Garments are dyed with guava leaf, pomegranate, rice konji, local plants and indigo. The dyes are machine washable, UV light resistant and anti bacterial.
Using referrals of old Indian garment shapes, a Goan resort flavour and his signature minimalist style, India’s Guru of Minimalism creates styles and silhouettes that worship the Earth Goddess in subdued hues of olive, dark green ,pale grey, dusty earth, khaki and chalk white.