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Friday, September 20, 2013

Niki Mahajan New Couture Collection - Begum Hazrat Mahal.

Niki Mahajan is an India based fashion designer for a few centuries now though I am not much of fan of hers yet her latest collection "An ode to Begum Hazrat Mahal" has stolen my heart and Yes, I am starting to fall in love with Niki Mahajan's Work.

As per history books "Begum Hazrat Mahal" was a courtesan who became the Queen of Awadh in U.P. and was very courageous. "She stood up against the East India Company in 1857 after her husband betrayed her and ran away leaving her behind and his many wives and children.

She was very much a rebellion and warrior like and did not succumb to her circumstances and stood up herself and her empire!

 It was the beauty of her courage that inspired Niki Mahajan to honour her with a her new collection designed and based on her painting's and literature available about her. The colours also were chosen
accordingly as they were in vogue very much in that era as well.

Niki Mahajan has come back with a collection after a gap of nine years after an extensive research on Begum Hazrat Mahal. She was able to locate local craftsmen in Lucknow U.P. and these artisans are very much talented in the crafts known as "Badla Embroidery" of Lucknow.

"A dying art - Badla is a laborious and hand intensive which requires skilled craftsmen" without these talented artisans this collection would not have been possible and not only that she has been able to rehabilitate 70 families of Lucknow. Wow, now I am fan of Niki Mahajan.

Lucknowi craftsmen doing Badla Embroidery.

Niki Mahajan has stores worldwide and she had a show on September 14th, 2013 in New Delhi recently showcasing her new couture collection..

Niki Mahajan with showstopper Neha Dhupia.

I am in love with Niki Mahajan!!


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  2. Hello,

    Thankyou, For visiting my blog.. Great to know that you like it!!



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