I recently had a chance to visit TISHA, by Tisha Saksena (Designer). the luxury heritage bridal brand, renowned for its contemporary garments crafted in traditional ways . Though I would say that the shop floor was quite small, but on the other hand the garments were an amalgamation of vibrant handloom weaves and intricate embroidery. The Brand is a surreal mix of contemporary clothing crafted in traditional ways.
Handmade at every stage, each luxurious garment is unique and has its own distinct character, owing to the natural textures of handloom weaves, handspun fabrics like matka silk, tussar and raw silk, all embellished with pearls, zardozi and gota hand embroidery. The designs by Tisha have been spotted on many a celebrities like Karishma Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra.
TISHA features 3 distinct collections – The Meher-un-Nissa Collection which is inspired by the life and times of the enigmatic Empress Noor Jahan. The collection pays homage to her spirit, intelligence and aesthetic sensibility. These are rendered onto traditional Mughal silhouettes, where each timeless ensemble has been discerningly curated for the contemporary woman.
The Shalimar Bagh Collection pays homage to the grand beauty of Shalimar Bagh, the spectacular royal gardens of Kashmir. Soft Pastel colours in delicate silks, airy handspun matka silks, chiffons and georgettes inspired by tulips, narcissus, roses and vines that bloom here each spring.
The Aarekhini collection inspired by the vibrant textiles of Gujarat encompasses the traditional kutch silhouettes like kaanchdi (backless blouses) and chola (sleeveless garment) which are reinterpreted in contemporary versions.
Tisha having lived in several parts of India, has created her own unique design aesthetic which encompasses the indigenous textiles, clothing, crafts and cultural experiences of India balanced with western technical skills of impeccable construction, draping and finish.
Speaking on this occasion, Ms Tisha Saksena said – “Fabrics with inherent texture such as traditional Indian textiles including matkasilk, raw silk, gajji and mashru silks provide a rich visual contrast to contemporary fabrics such as georgette, silk chiffon, silk habotai and silk tulle. The combination of these appealingly distinct fabrics create a rich vocabulary of texture, visual interest and textile detail while creating a garment,”
Location – 35 Meherchand Market, New Delhi (near Jawahar Lal Stadium)