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A model showcases ‘Ka Tlang’ by Daniel Syiem.
A model showcases ‘Ka Tlang’ by Daniel Syiem.

SHILLONG: Inspired by the lovely winter season in Shillong, the chill in the weather, the picturesque mountains, and the fashionable local people of Shillong, Daniel Syiem presented another remarkable collection at Lakme Fashion Week W/F 2013. ‘Ka Tlang’ when translated is ‘Winter in Shillong’ that rightfully describes the soul of the collection.

Recently, he showcased in the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 in the Emerging category. He received a tremendous response from the press, fellow designers as well as national and international buyers.

The label seamlessly blends traditional craft with western silhouettes retaining an ethnic touch while conforming to global trends. His signature style of simplicity, love of nature and a deep-rooted pride in tradition was apparent in his design conceptions.

This collection showcased his all-embracing fashion aesthetic and caught everybody’s attention due to his unique use of checks, eclectic collars, sleeve detailing and innovative designs. Using natural hand-woven fabrics, this collection was all about interesting coats and jackets, trendy pleated skirts, beautiful and classy shift dresses, fitted short wraps and lots more.

His focus on unique natural colour dyes like turmeric yellows, indigoes and blues set him apart and has almost become his trademark in today’s fashion industry.

An overwhelmed Syiem said, “This time I have used a thicker version of the versatile fabric, Ryndia called ThohRew Stem and a traditional check fabric called Tapmohkhlieh, which is indigenous to Meghalaya. My inspiration has always drawn from the deep rooted distinct cultural heritage of Meghalaya, and I’m thrilled to see that my contribution to the fashion domain has been widely accepted and acknowledged”.

‘KaTlang’ has been designed with minimum use of fasteners, where meticulously detailed outfits have been made from a completely natural, chemical free fabric.

The amazing jackets are stylishly lightweight yet extremely warm, perfect for chilly winters


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