Neel Sutra, a multi-designer fashion store, is emblematic of the rich tradition of Indian textile design and stands as a tribute to Indian fashion amidst the colonial context of one of New Delhi’s oldest markets, Khan Market. Rendered in a monochromatic palette of blues, the interior space forms an all-encompassing unit with painted walls that flow down to the parquet flooring in azure. Perforated boards and shelving units in neutral tones provide visual relief. The shelves themselves are designed to display sarees in unique configurations with trays at various angles, forming the impression of an installation.
Completed in 2015
Neelsutra Designs Pvt.Ltd
As an extension of the series of multi-designer pret stores, where the collections are themed and curated, Neel Sutra-the India Fashion store at Khan Market is emblematic of Indian design ethos, in line with the inherent colonial character of one of the oldest markets in New Delhi. While showcasing Indian fashion in a customized and curated format, this store is emblematic of Indian fashion within the construct of high-street retail.
While being reverent to the architectural context and notions of identity, the building was painted all white, with only blue (neel in Hindi) on the louvred windows. The interior experience for the garments to be showcased has been neutralized to a single predominant colour—blue. This transgresses as a continuous notion in the form of a wave from the walls onto the hand-placed parquet floor that is also stained in azure blue. To break away from the monotony of the colour, neutral perforated boards on the walls are created to allow for a visual break. The display /shelving system is also a simple evolution of what already exists in the precedent of the Neel Sutra at the New Oberoi, and the sarees are arranged in a unique configuration with trays at various angles, like an installation that has a unique identity of its own. This forms an engagement with the architectural space itself, allowing the visitor to engage with the saree while engaging with the space simultaneously. Without too many architectural interventions, using multiple architectural elements, the store is intended to be simplistic while only showcasing the ensembles. The store hence becomes a figurative response as a tribute to Indian fashion within the heart of the city.