Varana strives to create exceptionally crafted artisanal clothing that will last a lifetime; producing one thematic collection per year that drops through the seasons. At Varana, we reject the idea of fashion cycles that render products irrelevant every year. Instead, our aim is to create beautifully made clothes that are made to last for years to come.
Varana’s 2020 collection takes its inspiration from the stunning Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The fort is widely known as the Amber Fort, originally because of the temple to the goddess Amba located within, but more likely these days because of its pale gold colour.
While the Amer Fort is unornamented on the outside, the palaces and gates within have beautiful painted frescoes and pietra dura inlay using marble, mirrors and coloured glass. Enchanted by a painted gate known as The Ganesh Pol, we started working with the ceiling pattern by flattening out the tessellation to a two dimensional painted surface. We then deconstructed the pattern to its core elements, the geometrical tessellation and the flowers. Using the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol as a starting point, the Varana design team have re-interpreted its visual motifs guided by a contemporary vision and aesthetic.
On a recent visit to Amer, I was enchanted by a painted gate, The Ganesh Pol, or gateway, leading to the private palaces of the Maharajas
Seasonal colours have been drawn from the frescoes in new combinations, in both vivid and soothing pallettes. The bold geometry of the tessellations have found their way into the seasonal prints, which recall mid-century modernism.