This Autumn/Winter collection was inspired by a legend from the Mahābhārata Epic (Hindu mythology).

 


* The images below have been created with Armelle Bouret, photographer,  www.armellebouret.com

Elise Ricadat, dancer, along with Maythinie and Alexandra, have in turn embodied Draupadi.

* Gustavio, hairdresser to the Queens, has attended to the hairstyles.

* English translation by Sika Fakambi.


All models presented here have been registered at the INPI.

 
These clothes have been designed and produced in different fabrics and colours. To discover them, you’re welcome to visit my Showroom-Workshop-Boutique: 34 rue des Petites-Écuries, Paris 10e, Tuesday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7.30 pm

 

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In the Mahābhārata Epic, the five Pandava brothers, deceived by their enemies, were forced to abandon their beloved queen, Draupadi.

 

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When the order was given to strip her naked, Draupadi, distraught, began to pray to the gods to protect her.

Dhusana proceeded to disrobe the queen, but the veils of her sari kept extending as he unwrapped layers and layers of it.

And as Dhusana thus endeavoured to strip the queen of her garment, so the fabric would pile up on the floor, glistening, without Draupadi’s body ever being unveiled.

 

 

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And so it was that the gods, protecting the order of the world,

saved Draupadi from being humiliated.

 

 

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In Vedic times, the garment was a sacred thing.

Its intimacy with the human body bestowed upon it both dignity and grandeur.

 

 

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Its folds were visited by Vayu, god of the wind.

 

 

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In the ancient texts, it is said that the gods have made the universe in the image of an uninterrupted weaving.

The whole of creation, as well as the becoming of men and the worlds, are thus bound together in this divine weaving.

 

 

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Dune Coat, fuchsia-coloured mohair (also available in black)

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M1-60

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Vayu Jacket, silvery blue and mauve-coloured weaved wool (also available in silvery black)
worn with the Delta Trousers, plum-coloured cotton satin Jacquard (also available in bronze, and in black)

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M2-49

M2-165

M2-44

M2-36M2-118

 

 

 

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Muga Sweater, long-sleeved model, violet-coloured jersey (also available in black)

worn with the Delta Trousers

M2-202

M2-235

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Dupatta Vest, soft grey and ecru-coloured cotton (can be worn in 3 different styles)

worn with the Folded Bermuda Shorts, blue-grey cotton (also available in black)


M7-191

M7-63  M7-72

M7-82  M7-53

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Muga Sweater, thick jersey, pumpkin-coloured (also available in black with long sleeves)

worn with the Forgotten Skirt, blue and mauve-coloured Jacquard

M10-115M10-112

pull muga

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Flower Bud Coat, short model, blue-coloured wool with black chevrons (also available in mauve, and in grey)

worn with the Pythagoras Trousers, silvery brown cotton

M11-08

M11-23

M11-16                                        

 

M11-58

 

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Draupadi Blouse, black silk (also available in yellow/bamboo-green cotton)

worn with the Folded Trousers, black cotton Jacquard (also available in blue-grey)

M6-159   M6-170  M6-239    M6-244                                        

 

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 Interlacing Jacket, worn with Draupadi Collar, mohair & alpaca felt

M6-249 M6-303 1

M6-284

 

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River Vest, black with white stripes 

worn with the Membrane Trousers (also available in black)

M9-56

M9-97   M9-44

 

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Cache Coeur 60 [crossover top], sycomore green wool & tencel (also available in black, in mottled grey, and in black with white stripes)

 

M13-223

M13-238

 

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Muga Tee Shirt, blue jersey (also available in violet, in black, and in heather green)

Muga Dress-Tunic-Trousers, heather green jersey (also available in black)

 

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Draupadi Blouse, yellow/bamboo green cotton (also available in black)

Vayu Skirt, bronze-coloured satin Jacquard (also available in black)

M3-176

M3-126

M3-20    M3-190

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Mehari Dress, sycomore green wool & tencel (also available in black)

M4-032

M4-060

 

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Lava Coat, blue and silvery mauve-coloured weaved wool

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Backstage

To learn more about the making of this Paris-Pondicherry collection, Draupadi,

Please clic on the link below:

Récit d'un voyage en Inde.

You will discover here the genesis of a collection, what nourrishes the clothes I design,

and the reasons for my collaborating with the singer Camille.

 

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Photography: Armelle Bouret at Couvent des Récollets
Camille is wearing the Vayu Coat (hand-spinned, hand-weaved silk).

 

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