MONKEY BUSINESS | 2016
Most often the mischief-maker or more unfortunate still, a synonym for being made a fool; monkeys bear quite the reputation. Quite literally, our brethren, have been considered merry makers and rascals for far too long. Often overshadowed by the elephant and peacock, whose giant trunks and coloured plumage lend themselves towards being immortalised on saris, plates and as emblems of India; the monkey has decided to steal the show. Playful as they seem, they are intelligent, sharp and clever; holding an undeniable place of honour in Hindu mythology and Buddhism, famously protecting the gods or adorning the Sanchi Stupa of Madhya Pradesh. Colours of the Tibetan prayer flag highlight troops of monkeys woven in Banarasi silk brocades, embroidered on cotton silks and quilted in a delightful array of textures and weights. The result is gamine; luxuriously playful wide legged trousers with extra deep pockets and garments constructed through minimal seams.
Photographed by : Ashish Shah