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HISTORY MAKERS

The design inspiration for our new collection originated once again from our love of history and untold stories about incredible women. Our five “Tigers” are trailblazing women who are unknown to many, but who possessed remarkable bravery, fortitude, and a will to do good for their country and create a progressive new future for women

TIGER OF INDIA

GAYATRI DEVI

Born in 1919 to Prince Jitendra of Cooch Behar, West Bengal and Princess Indira of Baroda, an extremely beautiful princess and legendary socialite, Gayatri (or known as Ayesha to her friends and family) was to become one of the most successful politicians in Indian history.  Following Indian Independence and abolition of the Princely states, she ran for Parliament winning her constituency in the world’s biggest landslide. JFK noted her achievement as “the woman with the staggering majority anyone has ever earned in an election”.Her popularity and accessibility to practical problem solving of the common people made her a people’s favourite, enabling her to win her seat in two further elections.  She was a highly active social reformer, creating girls and co-educational schools and, after being imprisoned without trial during Indira Gandhi’s Emergency Period in 1971, she became a vocal advocate for human rights for prisoners living in adverse conditions.She served 12 years in the Swatantra party and actively supported equal education for all until the end of her life.She inspired the “Taakat” print, meaning “strength” in Hindi and encompasses scenes from her beloved native Ranthambore jungle of giant palms, tigers, peacocks and exotic birds

TIGER OF INDIA

AMRITA SHER-GIL

This hand-painted leopard print was inspired by Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), a pioneer of Indian modern art and often referred to as India's Frida Kahlo.  Heavily influenced by Realism, she strived to portray the lives of people in her community, showing strong empathy and deep engagement with the underprivileged. Influenced by her surroundings and experiences, her paintings are carved out with eloquent symbols of the human condition, and it is clear that her artistic mission was to express the lives of Indian people through her vivid paintings. Being a woman who came from an affluent and upper-middle class strata, she encouraged a spirit of defiance against social norms and encouraged women to play a more prominent role within the field of art.  

TIGER OF INDIA

NOOR INAYAT KHAN

Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944) - Indian princess and World War II Special Operations Executive spy.  The purpose of the SOE was to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe and aid local resistance movements.  Noor, along with her brother Vilayat, had been brought up with the policy of Gandhi's non-violence and wished to contribute to the war effort but did not know what to do as did not wish to kill anyone.  She told her brother: "Well, if we are going to join the war, we have to involve ourselves in the most dangerous positions, which would mean no killing".  Her brother became a minesweeper and Noor became a SOE radio transmitter in occupied France.  She was captured by the Gestapo and shot at Dachau.  Her last word was Liberté.  Described as being refined but possessing a "steely sense of will", Noor inspired the bold Molten Lava red and White Swan cream colour Noor print, colours that signify a pureness of intent, burning courage and steely resolve to fight until the end for justice and freedom.

TIGER OF INDIA

SAVITRIBAI PHULE

Savitribai Phule (1831-1897) - Savitribai was a crusader of the progression of caste and gender equality. She was the first female teacher in the first school for girls in India and is the mother of Indian feminism. Between 1848-1852, she, along with her husband, founded 18 schools for girls.  Their determination to educate woman across all castes caused outrage and she was the target of incessant verbal and physical threats and abuse, so much so that her husband gave her an extra sari to carry with her at all times due to the constant pelting of excrement.  Her work extended beyond education as she wished to abolish the discrimination and unfair treatment of people based on caste and gender.  She organised the first of its kind barbers strike after castigating them for shaving the heads of young widows.  As an example against the evil of untouchability and protect against the lack of rights for the oppressed, she opened up her own water reservoir in her home for everyone to share and use regardless of caste. Savitribai inspired the Savitribai digital print with its doeskin and white swan water droplets, reminiscent of her reservoir and gold accents symbolising that all life, is precious.

TIGER OF INDIA

SAROJINI NAIDU

Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949) - freedom fighter, first woman to be President of the Indian National Congress, poet.  She inspired the bold Indian paisley Naidu print with her words "we want deeper sincerity of motive, a great courage in speech and ernestness in action".  The colours midnight navy, gold, red and cream were chosen with reference to her usage of these colours and their meanings in her poem "In the Bazaars of Hyderabad".

INSPIRATIONAL INDIAN ADVENTURES

CREATE THE VIBE

CREATE THE VIBE

From the majestic landscapes of the Himalayan foothills, the exotic forests and endless desert dunes, to the plethora of rich colours and beautifu...

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WHAT TO PACK

WHAT TO PACK

Elegant, soft natural silk that drapes the body effortlessly.  Rich  jewel tones with glamorous gold hints. Whether exploring the labyrinth of m...

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WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO STAY

Described by Mark Twain as a country both overflowing with incredible contrasts: "the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous p...

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