The Tears Within showcase the collection made by Fashion Design students of ARCH. Theme of this collection is Rudaali.
There is a custom in certain areas of Rajasthan where women of lower caste are hired as professional mourners upon the death of upper-caste males. Their job is to publicly express grief of family members who are not permitted to display emotion due to social status. These women are referred to as ‘Rudaalis’.
The Tears within is a transformation story of those hidden tears of these women, which the world fails to realize. The inspiration for making this collection has been taken from the Rudaali community of Rajasthan. Although the Rudaalies were mourners by profession, but the tears they had of hardships and harassment is unknown to people.
Chirag Mistry, Sarika Shukla, Somya Bansal and Priyanshi Arora who are students of Fashion Design at ARCH grouped together to create this collection.
The 3 pictures in series, shows the transformation in the form of past, present, and future.
Picture 1 This depicts the past with the rural background, with the expressions of agony however, she is rebellious and wants to take off her veil, and walk into the house with an attitude.
Picture 2 In this picture the change has come but the satisfaction of safety is still nowhere to find. The expressions are to be seen in deep thoughts.
Picture 3 This picture is the denotation of work in progress of a girl boss with her head held high, she is rough and elegant at the same time.
This project gives an idea of survival, feminism, empowerment, grace, reflection, insurgence and prevalence. Fashion styling is done keeping in mind the indo- western style with black garments and traditional silver accessories.
The whole photoshoot of the collection has been done outdoors according to the mood of the theme. The background in the first picture required rural area, while in second a modern mood and in the third work in progress of a girl boss with the constructing building wall and sewing machines have been depicted. Lights are intentionally used as natural.
Whole styling was done in indo-western garments with the traditional jewellery, showing that girl is still attached to her traditional roots. The garment in the second picture has been designed by a team member, apart from that everything has been sourced from different vendors.