Celebrating khadi

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CHATLINE Ravi Kiran and Chandrashekar aren't archetypal designers. They believe they are the bearers of khadi, connecting weaver and consumer, finds SHILPA SEBASTIAN R.

Ravi Kiran and Chandrashekar do not look like designers at all. They are not dressed in flashy clothes nor do they don fancy hair dos or beards. Dressed in pale coloured clothes and with a no-frills attitude, design is the last thing you associate the duo with.

But designers they are. Both have been in the designing world for the past 16 years and have even “crossed each other's paths”. Ravi Kiran had his own label and “Metaphor” was Chandrashekar's label.

The two are so camera shy that they squirm when asked to pose for the photographs. So we start by taking a look at the khadi saris created by them. With great intensity they start to explain their work. “This one is just pieces of khadi fabric stitched together to create a sari,” starts Chadrashekar. “We make sure that there is zero wastage in our creation,” adds Ravi Kiran, who shows off pretty tassels created on a pallu with leftover colourful khadi fabric. “We have a thing for khadi and that's why we came together six months ago to create Metaphor Racha. “Ra” is for Ravi and “Cha” is for me, explains Chandrashekar, the more eloquent of the two.

And the ice is broken.

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