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Don’t Waris About It

… the designer elaborated, “there are two brothers that weave the fabric”. The brothers’ entire lineage has been weavers for hundreds of years.

Story by Stacey Cunningham - stacey.e.cunningham@gmail.com Photos by Icarus Blake

House of Waris Silk Kundun Scarf photo ©Icarus Blake

Waris Ahluwalia’s scarf collection is every bit as artisanal as his signature fine jewelry line. The cashmere is hand-loomed, the silk is hand-batiked, and the gauzy silk cotton is block printed by hand.

House of Waris Silk Eros Odette Scarf Photo ©Icarus Blake

It’s about the craftsmen that make each piece with care using techniques passed down through generations. Even the hem of each scarf is slowly and carefully made by human hand. Not only the materials are a luxury here, but also the hand quality seen in every piece. The beauty is each organic hem may be slightly different than another depending on whose fingers have stitched it.

House of Waris Eros Opium Silk Scarf photo ©Icarus Blake

The line supports local craft in India, the designer elaborated, “there are two brothers that weave the fabric”. The brothers’ entire lineage has been weavers for hundreds of years. It’s about the consideration given to each piece that comes out with the House of Waris tag, careful thought from creation to delivery.

House of Waris Vitta Imperial Silk Scarf photo ©Icarus Blake

Waris designs are for today and forever made using techniques that are centuries old.  We were able to catch up with the designer himself and he told us about his scarves which sell at the likes of Colette in Paris. “The prices are a little high, but it’s like my jewelry. I want it to be the best of the best,” said Waris.

House of Waris Librea Primrose Cashmere Scarf photo ©Icarus Blake

House of Waris, founded by designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is strongly influenced by the romance and history of ancient kingdoms. His House of Waris jewels, which are coveted by fashion icons and sold at the finest boutiques, bring together old world techniques from India and Italy to hatch timeless creations. In 2010, the designer was inducted into the CFDA and placed on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Anchored in the land of tradition, yet raised in the ever-changing city of New York, Waris is in a unique position to share with the world an uncommon view. (Bio provided by House of Waris)


Designer Waris Ahluwalia photo ©Icarus Blake

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