Meet Karan Arora, the man who has recreated the magic of Taj Mahal’s rich artwork on couture

Celebrating craftsmanship of Taj Mahal, couturier Karan Arora has replicated the long lost era of the Mughal times on couture.
A testimony of boundless love, flawless affection, the Taj Mahal was built during the ruling period of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan under the supervision of Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahouri.

It has always been the centre of attraction for its aesthetics and minute detailing of Mathura Art. The meticulously done floral motifs are simply inimitable and regal. Its richness in art and the detailing in flowers and vines motifs made Taj Mahal stand apart from any other monuments in the world. It took almost 22 years for the artwork on Taj to be completed, imagine how much artistry and detailing would it have taken to get it up and running.

For it, to be pinned down on clothes is no easy task. But, Karan Arora’s latest collection ‘Wah Taj’ involves linings, motifs, zardozi work intricately done on the Malda Silk, a hand-woven silk specially sourced from Bengal, to emanate the same vibes and earthiness that the Taj reflects.

The invariability in the movement of warp and weft enhances the sensation of a pristine handcrafted artwork. Because of Malda Silk yarn, the fall of let’s say the lehenga is superior. The vines and flowers, leaves and birds, woven carefully and diligently could transpire the flamboyance within a woman.

Arora says this ensemble is for them, who adore the traditional artworks intertwined with history for the longest time. He says he purposefully ignored the usage of the machine produced silk because of its stiffness and inflexibility. Unbelievable as it may sound, Karan’s beautiful collection is the result of the magical weaving ability of weavers, the authentic craftsmen of India.
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