© Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Butterfly People mask
Butterflies around the floral mask symbolise the symbiotic relationship between Indian designer Rahul Mishra and the kaarigars (artisans) he employs. In his Paris Couture Week collection “Butterfly People,” he created more elaborate designs to keep artisans employed amidst India’s severe unemployment. Leveraging on the lockdown, he asked the kaarigars to reverse migrate from cities to villages where they could work while being with families. His socially-inclusive business incorporates traditional heritage and couture as a solution to sustainable craft.
Rahul Mishra, India
Designed in New Delhi, India
Made in India
Silk, wire; hand-embroidered and assembled
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore