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October 27, 2020

The Experimentalist

Text by Akanksha Pandey

Lakmé Fashion Week’s grand finale debutante Rimzim Dadu makes a strong case for why innovations in textile will dictate the future of fashion

Enter at your own peril, past the bolted door
where impossible things may happen
that the world has never seen before!
– Dexter’s Laboratory

Rimzim Dadu’s Delhi-based design lab is an innovator’s haven. The assiduous designer’s now-iconic technique – by which a simple wire can be transformed into a piece of art – is driven by a deep-rooted passion for amalgamating art, design and science in order to bridge the divide between ready-to-wear and couture. Dadu’s exploration with the warp and weft is an endless affair, and her experiments with atypical materials such as silicon sheets, metal, plastics, stainless steel, zari and leather cords have been path-breaking in an industry notorious for its preoccupation with revealing the next big trend. Her imprint has only grown stronger, and her label has found its footing among the most sought after brands in the country, not to mention the host of buyers and a loyal audience that has been witness to her journey of over a decade.

Welcome to the laboratory!

Silicon sheets were shredded and cut by hand to form these silicon yarns. These yarns were woven over a period of two years to make the silicon jamdani sari

Signature metallic cords are hand-manipulated, set and machine sewn to create metallic ripples which are then handwoven to create this brand-new textile

Signature metallic cords are sewn to create a surface which is then cut by hand and sewn into floral patterns

Plastic sheets are cut into strips and sewn together to create metallic waves

Signature metallic cords are sewn in layers to create a corrugated effect

Signature metallic cords are hand-manipulated, set and machine sewn to create metallic ripples

Thin as hair metal wires are sewn to create the signature steel wire textile

Chiffon is torn into strips and twisted and sewn into cords to create the signature shredded cord textile

Signature chiffon cords are sewn into waves to create the textile

Signature metallic cords

Organdy fabric is cut and sewn with cord inserts to create a stencil effect

Fabric is cut by laser into squares and sewn together into a grid

Handwoven leather cords

Zari yarns are handwoven to create the metallic gauze

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