Sulakshana Monga, the woman behind Soltee, has been offering unique designs and elegant handcrafted ensembles since 2003. Her creativity is driven by the use of traditional handwork, luxurious textiles, bold cuts and painterly patterns. With the use of luxury raw silks, intricate embellishment and embroidery techniques, the designer blends antiquity with modernism.

The essence of Sulakshana’s couture house is perpetual storytelling. “Our patrons are poised, distinctive and unconventional in their taste, and seek a sense of modesty in their approach to luxury. A form of time travel to a simpler world is a deliberate act in every garment that is consciously designed and crafted. The brand is conceptualized with an inclination to individuality and spirituality and a fascination for mythology,” says the designer.

The 2019 Varanasi collection is eccentric and opulent, and reflects the culture found in the ghats of Varanasi and the traditions of India. “The collection brings out Indian heritage and culture through colours. We have used seven colors in the collection. Embroidery techniques have been contemporized and we have used nakshi, dabka, sequins, Swarovski crystals, ghungroos, feathers, raffia and lace to make our garments look exclusive and extravagant.”

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