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Since 1st March, 1999
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A weaver of words…

A designer of garments, a girl with grit. The 24-year-old who has graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology this year has shown that she has what it takes to make hers a household name.

Believes she can fly…

Does the girl, who draws inspiration from R. Kelley’s Space Jam song. The peak for her would be seeing her name on the labels in every teen’s wardrobe in the city. She has started working towards it too, and is now called ‘chief designer’ for Kosa, a label she launched with a senior from NIFT Delhi, who was also a teacher at the Calcutta branch.

A stitch in time…

May save nine, but this green-belt in karate has taken her time to decide which field to pursue. She has the degrees to show for it too. The former basketball and throwball player has a Bachelors degree in commerce and a diploma in fashion design from BILAMS, after concluding which she signed up at NIFT. Even now, she has a finger in more than one design house. She is working part time in fabric development at Epic Exports, too.

Pen and needle…

Come naturally to this ex-student of Ashok Hall, who was well known for her propensity to empty everyone’s tiffin box. Started writing for local English dailies when just a kid, and by Class XI, she had designed the school newsletter, Ashok Hall Times. Interviewed the likes of Suneet Verma and Tarun Tahiliani. Managed not one, but two lengthy interviews with her idol, Sachin Tendulkar, one of which was published across columns in a city paper. Has continued writing on a number of subjects — from fashion to theatre, cosmetic surgery to vegetable dyes — through college and institute days alike.

Tradition and funk…

Can go hand in hand for the design dame. The funky, cool, price effective clothes of the Kosa line rub shoulders with her work with traditional artisans and craftsmen in the villages. The gal who, as part of her course, conducted research on dying crafts and textiles in rural regions near Bangalore·would like to revive some of the local dying arts, integrating them into her work.

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