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Sneak peek: Rajesh Pratap Singh A/W 13

Blazers are paired with sheer dhotis for Pratap's first collaboration with The Woolmark Company

Last season, it was exo-skeletal dresses in lurex that exaggerated the human form.

For Autumn/Winter 13-14 designer Rajesh Pratap Singh creates an androgynous, tailored collection which builds on rural Indian craft in collaboration with the research and development institute of the Australian wool textile industry.

The Woolmark Company has formed similar collaborations with international designers like Vivienne Westwood and Narciso Rodriguez in the past, and has named Pratap the ambassador for Merino wool in India.

Pratap's entire collection is based on modifications of Indian Ikat over Merino, a process of tie-dyeing that’s so tedious that it remains relatively unexplored. The designer also adopts techniques of quilting and embroidery from rural India to lend the pieces an authentic subcontinental texture.

Juxtaposing strict structure with fluidity is a Pratap specialty, this time finding its form in heavy men's blazers paired with sheer dhotis. 

Here's an exclusive sneak peek of the collection in-the-making and what to expect before the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) runway show later this evening. 

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Pratap uses rural Indian techniques for an authentic touch

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Rajesh Pratap Singh's experiments in wool

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Blazers will be paired with sheer dhotis for A/W 13

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Pratap lays emphasis on hand-crafted embroidery

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Fabric swatches to be transformed into runway garments

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Draping in process at Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Leather backpacks complete the ensemble

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The first look of a complete garment

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Dhotis replace pants this A/W

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Androgyny dominates the Rajesh Pratap Singh collection

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Rajesh Pratap Singh for The Woolmark Company

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Rajesh Pratap Singh

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