When it comes to menswear, nothing makes a statement better than a cleverly draped/tied scarf. It instantly adds a certain sense of nonchalance and confidence to any ensemble. Whenever I am on the streets of Paris, I cannot help but gush at the men and women there who wear their scarves so effortlessly, often using a bright coloured scarf to add a dash of colour to a sombre ensemble.
It is indeed a pity that we in Mumbai, due to weather constraints, aren’t able to sport them enough. But winter’s coming up and it’s time to stock up on one or two statement scarves. Veteran designer Rajesh Pratap Singh recently collaborated shawl and scarf specialists, Shingora, to release an ultra-luxurious capsule collection of scarves, stoles and even pocket squares. The Rajesh Pratap Singh Shingora capsule collection is an effortless blend of traditional craft and high-tech manufacturing techniques, a unique way of presenting India’s rich heritage of textiles. All this, reinterpreted in a resolutely contemporary context.
The capsule collection features 35 different scarves designed in luscious wool, merino, cashmere and other fabrics. The weaves are designed to be a modern interpretation of the traditional jamavar shawls.
Getting back to the subject of scarves, Rajesh Pratap Singh himself has an interesting perspective on it. He believes that a scarf is an important and interesting accessory category not only in India but worldwide. He says “India has a history of the angavastram or unstitched cloth wrapped around the upper torso, the stole or scarf is another variant of this unstitched cloth. Also, we’ve only done hand-woven scarves so far and have outsourced some cashmere in the past. We had access to the latest jacquard fabric and excellent printing equipment that helped us create some interesting designs.”
This partnership between the designer and the shawl brand stemmed from an encounter a few years ago, when Singh was strolling through Shingora’s manufacturing facility and decided to work with this brand to create high-end textiles.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these scarves to pep up my wardrobe this winter.