Anavila Misra Makes Collaboration a Radical Act

Anavila Misra Makes Collaboration a Radical Act

Posted by : Mary Wutz   /  

Designer Anavila Misra speaks to Vogue about the "thread of consciousness" in her clothing line and how collaboration in fashion has become a radical act.

Misra says in a Q&A:

When did you decide to only focus on handmade fabrics?
When I saw the hard work of the weavers going to waste, I made a decision to collaborate with them and create an ecosystem in the craft clusters. I want to increasingly bring crafts to the centre of the fashion scene.

What would you like to see changed or encouraged in the relationship between mainstream fashion and artisanal involvement?
Any relationship flourishes whenever it is collaborative. I would like to see bustling clusters with Weavers’ Service Centres that host forecast seminars for the weavers; designer participation, where trend mood boards and inspirations are shared; and, eventually, design interventions. Design students could align themselves with certain weavers and their research work based on the potentials and loopholes of collaborative work. My dream is to create dynamic clusters.

Read the full Q&A on Vogue.

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