Plantation House is anchored in tradition but with a new and contemporary spin. Inspired by ancient folk costumes from all over the world, their ideas are heavily rooted in the geometric shapes of fabric draped around the human body, and the desire to push the boundaries of garment drapery to explore interesting ways of draping cloth around the human form.
Shalini Subramanian, designer and founder of Plantation House, is interested in removing all unnecessary elements from her clothing collection — print, embroidery, weave pattern — and uses cloth, colour and cut as the main elements of her work. She says, “A solid-coloured garment goes far in a wardrobe in terms of wearability. The balance in the choice of that specific cut, weight & feel of cloth and tint or shade of a colour elevates the garment to a higher plain”.
The brand is interested in the way people live in their clothes: how the garment wears with time and use; the comfort of the garment; how the garment fits into a person’s life. The garments are subtle, spiritual and personal, aimed at giving the wearing a sense of relaxed pace, time and quality.
For Shalini, the pandemic has made her reflect on her work and why she is called to this vocation. The Handstitched collection is a self-commissioned body of work that she has created to reaffirm and preserve the essence of the idea, creativity, craftsmanship, beauty, and joy of all those things that inspire her and her clothes.
Find out more about Plantation House on the Selvedge Instagram account as they take part in our Takeover Tuesday.