A 1990 alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, revivalist designer Sonam Dubal’s experiments with tradition led to the birth of his label Sanskar in 1999.Sanskaris a 20 year odyssey of design interpretation inspired by Dubal’s Buddhist heritage, Asian motifs, symbols and cultural studies.
Hand designed block-print remnants are recombined in vibrant silk patchwork stripes for zero waste. Recycled vintage silk saris in brocade and Ikat mix with velvet, silk and handloom cotton, Khadi and wool in textural play. Dubal’s collections seek to reconcile modern influences and traditional creativity through storytelling in his embroidered jackets, wraps, coats and hand painted capes.
Suzy Menkes, International style writer notes that,
“His work has both dignity in the silhouette and subtle craftsmanship.”
It was in 2003 that his debut Indo- Asian collection caught the eye of L’eclaireur store in Paris. Dubal was soon invited to participate in the Rosemont Australia Fashion Week in Melbourne (2006).
In the same year, Dubal earned the distinction of being named in the Top 50 achievers in Global mainstream median in the Fashion category instituted by the University of Leicester Law School, UK. This was followed by his 2007 collection that caught the attention of Hilary Alexander and earned him the Elle Global Award for Fashion.
“Sonam Dubal treats his collections with the
spirit of an academic using indigenous fabric.”
Eclectic women across various walks of life have always inspired Dubal and have played an important role in his work. His label Sanskar, has been endorsed by many such women, including documentary film maker Leslie Cockburn, screen writer Rania Hanano, Film director Deepa Mehta, journalists and writers Barkha Dutt and Madhu Trehan, Actresses Tabu and Sonam Kapoor, Artist Mithu Sen, International icon Isabella Rossellini.