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Designer Riddhi Jain’s love for and initiation into the world of textiles began while growing up in her mother’s studio, interacting with her collection of handicrafts, materials and textures. Riddhi graduated from NIFT, Kolkata in 2007 which was followed by a Master’s degree in Textile Design from NID, Ahmedabad. Riddhi Jain, the name behind Studio Medium, launched her label in 2016. She visited various craft clusters around the country, working closely with artisans to develop natural dyeing and other techniques.
Studio Medium is dedicated to explore traditional techniques and translate them into modern design – right from designing a fabric to then moving it into a finished piece. The brand focuses on modernizing Indian crafts and ensuring the entire supply chain of clothing is sustainable. Apart from creating premium quality saris and new silhouettes, the brand is now also planning to introduce a menswear line and home textiles made from resist-dye discards that are sourced from the Kutch region where these techniques are traditionally carried out.
Studio Medium’s collection celebrates simplicity and draws to the rich heritage of textile. The designer works from an intimate unit set up in her own home, with a small team of ladies and a rooftop dedicated to executing her dyeing processes, with each individual piece still being dyed by the designer herself. She primarily uses different shibori techniques to create stitched details on the clothing that is intended to be trans-seasonal and versatile to fit all sizes. “Lines meander, circles spin and form follows function to create a wardrobe full of ideas that we would like to share with you and keep adding to, mindfully,” Riddhi tells us.
Her focus on sustainability through design innovation is the key shared value that drew the Ensemble team to the designer and that led to this successful partnership. In 2017, Ensemble launched dedicated spaces in each of their stores to house handloom and textile in a bid to focus on sustainable pieces. It wasn’t long after her launch that the team recognized her talent and in 2017, her saris were launched at all Ensemble retail stores. In 2019, Riddhi launched her garment collection at our Khan Market store and now, you can shop her collection right here on ensembleindia.com.
Ensemble's merchandising team works closely with Riddhi Jain from Studio Medium to ensure the most exclusive, premium and latest collections at the best prices, both for the online shop and our 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
SHOP STUDIO MEDIUM COLLECTIONS: FROM ETHICALLY MADE SHIBORI SARIS TO UNIQUE GARMENTS
The designer’s true passion lies in reviving Indian art and the beauty of textiles. Focusing on traditional techniques with modern design, she has managed to develop innovative silhouettes, like the ‘hands free’ sari that she recently brought to the runway and that really pushed her into the spotlight. As part of her sustainability drive, the designer focuses on new-age drapes and cuts that employ a zero-waste pattern cutting technique, allowing the use of every inch of the fabric, including the selvedge. “For instance, an engineered Shibori circle serves as an outlet for your hands forming the sleeves, while another leads to an outlet for your head, forming a neckline of the garment, depending on their placement,” Jain told Vogue India in a recent interview. This was the birth of the ‘hands-free’ sari at her first Lakme Fashion Week.
Her collections in the past have explored organic textures and translucent palettes of pastels and geometric jamdani floral dyed prints. She has also done a collection of saris that were an amalgamation of contemporary weaves using metallic yarns and geometric patterns. Another recognized collection of Riddhi’s was a line that focused on the Hira-nui and Arashi shibori technique, involving creating stitches in fabric before dyeing it followed by removing the threads and wrapping the cloth around a pole as it gets twisted and dyed. This technique is deemed special because of the way in which the saris drape naturally around the body and this technique also ensures each piece is unique.
The designer launched her label by focusing on traditional saris at first. She then collaborated with Tulika Ranjan to include garments as part of her line. Two of her most unique and trending design innovations are the ‘hands-free’ sari and the ‘hairdresser’ tunic – a result of the natural pattern created due to its dyeing process. The sometimes androgynous and free-form clothing is something that suits the contemporary eye. Using traditional crafts to create timeless pieces, a Studio Medium garment is something that can definitely be passed onto future generations.
The garments have unique surface texture detailing which makes them classic and impactful ensembles for a range of festivities. Wear this collection for a pooja, mehendi, engagement, wedding, sangeet or reception if you are aiming for a traditional look with a modern touch. Her indo-western pieces like asymmetric short jackets, capes, fusion style kurta sets, tunics and kaftans are mindful buys for brunches, dinners, and casual wear or to carry to a destination wedding. The collection is defined as ageless and timeless and is designed to surprise you every time you interact with a garment.
Although still a young brand, Studio Medium’s ethnic yet innovative clothes have drawn the attention of some of the leading ladies in Bollywood like Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza, Taapsee Pannu, Lisa Ray, Keerthy Suresh, Lakshmi Manchu, Mini Mathur and Konkona Sen Sharma.
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