• Golden aari and mirrorwork on leather
  • Detachable and adjustable sling shoulder strap/ waist belt.
  • Usta gold art: evening clutch
  • Usta art hand painted leather clutch
  • Monotone embellishment on leather
  • Leather handbag with detachable sling strap : kashida technique
  • Colours of Rajasthan
  • detatchable charm made of suede and Rajasthani craft items
  • Drawstring crossbody medium sized bag
  • Tassel adorned wristlet/ clutch bag
  • clutch bag and belt

The oasis of culture and crafts: Rajasthan...

The purpose of this practice-based project was to contribute towards revival of local leather crafts of the state of Rajasthan, India.

Crafts define the culture of any place. With modernization, the use of handicrafts has experienced a slump making it necessary to revive the crafts with the help of design intervention.

As a handbag designer, Shivani Suhag wanted to incorporate local leather craft skills of Rajasthan in a contemporary fashion to develop a range of handbags under her label, ‘Avocadoe’. This collection was developed in collaboration with leather artisans of Rajasthan by exposing them to new materials and methods of utilizing their traditional craft techniques to develop art into functional quality products. The collection was aimed at encouraging the artisans to continue the practice of their craft skills and introducing them to the different possibilities of application of techniques.

Education and Achievements:

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London College of Fashion.

Winner at the 5th annual Independent Handbag Designer awards, 2011, New York.

'The most commercially viable design intervention' award at National Institute of Fashion Technology, India.

Bachelor's in Design (B.Des) Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), India.


Mrs. Chitra Buckley (Course Director)

Artisans of Rajasthan

the team at Avocadoe Atelier

Photoshoot -
Photographer: Marion Brasque
Stylist: Richa Mehta
Make up Artist: Erica Procopis
Models: Annika A Lofti and Vitalina Baranova

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