Palace on heels: Rohan Arora brings you footwear with royal carvings for Diwali

Footwear designer Rohan Arora has put a new, festive spin on good old block heels

  • Published 2.11.18, 11:12 PM
  • Updated 2.11.18, 11:15 PM
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(L) Hand-carved 'intoxicated peacock' motif wedge heels in army green Turkish velvet with copper zari hand-embroidery. (R) Hand-carved 'sparkling parrot' motif wedge heels in aqua Benarasi silk with hand-embroidered motifs with silk thread and zari Image: Pabitra Das

There’s nothing new about block heels, right? Wrong. Wooden block heels that are carved intricately with motifs derived from castles and palaces are indeed unique. Footwear designer Rohan Arora’s Dil Ki Rooh collection boasts of a line of shoes that stand out for their exquisitely carved heels.

“It’s been eight years since the inception of my brand and this collection by far has been the most difficult we have ever done. It’s a collection that represents the heart and soul of the brand. For women there are sandals and slip-ons with block heels that are hand-carved with motifs from the royal residences of Jaipur and the princely palaces of Hyderabad. With materials like velvets from Egypt and silks from Phulia and Varanasi infused with leather from Argentina, this collection is luxurious. There are also the all-time favourite jootis in Italian leather with hand-embroidery. For men there are mojris and slip-ons in shades of midnight blue, maroon, walnut and black,” says Rohan.

These block-heel sandals with 'garden of Eden motifs' are hand-carved in a Benarasi gold fabric with fuchsia gold embroidery. Pair them with a traditional sari or a dress as you go clubbing
These block-heel sandals with 'garden of Eden motifs' are hand-carved in a Benarasi gold fabric with fuchsia gold embroidery. Pair them with a traditional sari or a dress as you go clubbing Image: Pabitra Das
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Models: Juhi Ghosh and Iqbal

Styling: Neha Gandhi; draping: Nisha Desai

Make-up and hair: Prasenjit Biswas

Outfits: Poonam Kasera, Naina Jain, Simaaya and Saroj Jalan

Jewellery: Avama and Dazzling Danglers by Ruchi Agarwal

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