By Koshy Koshy from Faridabad, Haryana, India (Jacobin Cuckoo) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Two Indian designers brought the traditional and the innovative to the runway during the fall and winter 2017 New York Fashion Week, according to India Today.

Vaishali Shadangule, whose designs are featured under the label Vaishali S, drew inspiration from a bird called the Chaatak or the pied cuckoo, which only drinks from rain. The bird carries significance in Hindu myths, said the designer, and frequently has mentioned in poetry. Shadangule, who works from Mumbai, said that the theme echoes her process of creation because she waits for a revelation of inspiration to fill her. She also said that she was proud to be representing India, and felt confident about showing her second season.

The latest Vaishali S collection, which is also named after the migratory bird, features woven traditional fabrics and merino wools. India Today reported that tunics and drapes appeared along with dresses and jackets. The colors include dark shades like blue and black, but also foray into whites and gold.

Shadangule’s spring/summer collection for 2017, which showed last NYFW, helped bring the voice of an acid attack survivor to the fashion industry, when Shadangule cast advocate Reshma Qureshi among her models, the Indo Asian News Service reported.

Another Indian designer, Aanchal Sukhija, brought jewelry designs to fashion week. The designer, also a blogger who has almost 21,000 Instagram followers, presented accessories that aimed to highlight the beauty in the ordinary. She called her collection “Mission Pluto,” and crafted her designs from recyclable materials, making use of items like mops, A/C filter foam and plumber pipes.

Sukhija gave the collection a sustainable angle, saying that throwing things out is simpler than taking the time to repair them. She hopes that people will see beauty in things that regular use designates as trash. Making those items into jewelry, she says, recalls the use the materials had before.

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