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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
4 OFF FARM Emerging designer Suket Dhir (centre) flanked by models wearing the winning collection after his eponymous label won the menswear edition of the International Woolmark Prize in January. PHOTOS: Studio Nonamephoto Firenze India’s status as a hub for emerging design talent has been boosted, with the country scooping its second International Woolmark Prize win, this time going to the New Delhi- based label SUKETDHIR. Following Rahul Mishra’s win in 2014 for the womenswear award, SUKETDHIR was announced this year’s menswear winner at the prestigious Pitti Uomo menswear trade show in Florence during January. Connecting the world’s leading fashion designers with Australian Merino wool is extremely important due to the enormous influence these designers have in setting global textile trends for mainstream retail brands. The International Woolmark Prize generates long-term incremental demand for wool by connecting emerging designers, emerging markets and consumers with Australia’s versatile natural fibre. Innovation is at the heart of designer Suket Dhir’s winning collection, which cleverly fuses classic western tailoring with elements of the designer’s national dress, such as oversized proportions and lightweight fabrics. Using the traditional Indian technique of hand-tied and dyed yarn (Ikat), the collection involves hand embroidery to create geometric, grid-like patterns in an update on the classic quilting stitch. The two yarns used to weave the fabrics were 18.2 micron and 16.5 micron Australian Merino wool. “My collection explores the trans- seasonal aspects of wool and the alchemic transformation of the fibrous wool into smooth, silk-like yarn, which renders the fabric light, airy, fluid and yet full and supple,” Suket Dhir said. “This win is certainly very overwhelming. I’ve done what I could in India, and this is the best thing that could happen to me, for me to move in a bigger way. I think I'm ready for the world, and I also think the world is ready for me and for this kind of aesthetic. The look is easy and happy, and the world needs that right now.” This is the second year that the International Woolmark Prize has included a menswear Indian label SUKETDHIR has won this year’s International Woolmark Prize menswear competition, presenting a Merino wool capsule collection that fuses classic western tailoring with elements of the designer’s national dress. The International Woolmark Prize is designed to generate long term incremental demand for Australian Merino wool by connecting emerging designers, emerging markets and consumers. INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE MENSWEAR AWARD 4 OFF FARM
In the Shops - March 2016