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Designers' cotton diaries, thanks to mother

Posted on May 08 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, May 8 : Fashion designers like Nishka Lulla and Ken Ferns have special memories of how their moms made their childhood special, with the use of cotton fabric.

Ahead of Mother's Day, which falls Sunday, a few fashion designers have spoken to Cotton Council International (CCI), a not-for-profit trade organization that works to promote cotton, about 'Momspiration' in their life and career.

Known for using traditional fabrics and weaves as part of her collections, Shruti Sancheti, said: "Cotton is a part of everyone's childhood. My memories are of my mother in starched crisp cotton saris in vibrant colours with hand embroidery as her summer staple along with cotton block print jaipur kurtas."

"These memories are etched deeply and even as a designer find inspiration in them."

Ken Ferns has grown up with cotton.

He said: "My mother used to sew all my clothes as a baby. She fancied stitching them and used to doll me up in cotton prints and stripes. Today, I only use cotton in my personal wardrobe primarily due to the climate that Mumbai has."

"Besides, there is no better fabric than cotton because of its durability, its functionality and its versatility."

Mumbai-based designer, Nishka Lulla, daughter of National Award-winning designer Neeta Lulla, says that she has grown up seeing her mother in funky and edgy cotton tunics, shirts and salwars.

"I derived my style from it. For me, cotton is traditional and practical. It is more like an heirloom fabric," she added.

Speaking about her experience, Agnieszka Fijol of the CCI said that mothers are truly the thread that binds everyone together. They're also the ones who love you back and give you all the comfort that you need whenever you need it.

"What these designers have said is absolutely true; our mothers are our inspiration not just in our personal life but also in all our work. This Mother's Day, we want to thank all the wonderful mothers for being who they are and helping us become the best that we can be."

What is your 'momspiration' story this Mother's Day?

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