Meghalaya designer’s ethnic Khasi collection to debut at London Fashion Week

It is super Sunday for fashion fans in India and Meghalaya designer Rupert Wanlambok Lynrah. The Shillong-based fashion designer will showcase his tradition-meets-modern collection at London Fashion Week. The five-day fashion gala, one of the biggest fashion events in the world, officially kicks off on Friday.

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More than his creations, Lynrah hopes to promote ryndia, an indigenous silk from Meghalaya.
The 37-year-old designer said his fashion house RWL Designs has been trying to revive the rich indigenous textiles of Meghalaya by featuring organic and eco-friendly ryndia and muga silks.
“Weaving has traditionally been the main source of income for women in rural areas of Meghalaya. Weavers use a variety of loom – lion, backstrap and flying shuttle – but due to decreasing demand for these exquisite, labour-intensive creations, they are giving up their age-old traditions in search of other work,” Lynrah said.

An RWL creation at North East India Fashion Week 2016. (Facebook)

Elaborating on ryndia, he added: “Ryndia comes from a silkworm reared by rural people in Meghalaya. It provides warmth in winter and cool comfort in summer, like a natural product is supposed to.”
But working on ryndia is a challenge, he stressed.
“If you give the fabric some twist, like an embroidery or a lace detail, like I have done, it can add value to a garment,” Lynrah said.