Hailing from Sirhaul village in Gurgaon, being a designer was not an easy road to take for Kanishk Bhardwaj. From family to relatives and friends, opposition came through every door. ‘A well-educated tailor’ and ‘man in women’s profession’ were some of the taunts he faced as he geared up to join a design school at the age of 18, right after his class 12 exams.
The 21-year-old today has launched his own brand of clothing and is known for his unique designs in ethnic wear. “My parents had also opposed my decision earlier. However, after getting good grades in class 12 exams, I argued my way to the design school. Now, they are proud to see my work,” says Kanishk.
Coming from a family of IAS and IPS officers, Kanishk, since childhood, was attracted towards fashion week programs and sophisticatedly-dressed people. This motivated him towards the profession, which is rather unconventional in his family.
At college, his teachers became his inspiration and guide. “My instructor Archana Ranjan guided and helped me giving shape to my imagination. She taught me various techniques and finishes which would distinguish my style from others”, says Kanish, a final year student at Institute of Apparel Management.
His clothing brand called ‘Har-Yarn-V’ is on Indian wear and is mainly for middle-aged women. The name struck Kanishk while he was interning with designer Ajay Carpet last year. “They had a lot of yarns from different parts of the world that I would weave together”, says Kanishk adding that the idea is to suggest that we have all kinds of yarns that you want.
Har-yarn-v focuses on ethnic wear and combination of styles from various rural parts of the country. Kanishk keeps travelling to different places such as Manali, Rishikesh and Bhagalpur in search of good designs. Kanishk has set up a design house in Gurgaon.
Source: Hindustan Times
Kanishk let me choose the song and I think this will be perfect. Kanishk is from a Haryanvi family which has been based in Gurgaon for over a century hence the name HAR. YARN.V.
I also met him at a recent Summer Mela in Dastkaar in Delhi and finally got to see all his beautiful clothes in person. I love his passion for Indian textiles, design and also how he working with Indian handloom and weaver’s NGOs .
While 2nd year of college, in 2010 is when the idea of HAR.YARN.V came. The seed was sown by his instructor then Ms Archana Ranjan.
Kanishk is passionate about traveling and is formally trained in fashion and merchandising, from Institute of apparel management in Gurgaon. “While growing up I have only seen my cousins growing up into IAS/IPS’s , doctors,engineers and all those typical careers. Even after getting good enough grades in my 12 standards, I could not study business, which I got enrolled into. I opted out , and looked for avenues.and landed up in designing.I was asked interesting questions , one of them being “itna padh likh kar bhi tailor hi to banega “. And to my surprise, I feel great now as padha likha tailor ! ”
“While growing up I have only seen my cousins growing up into IAS/IPS’s , doctors,engineers and all those typical careers. Even after getting good enough grades in my 12 standards, I could not study business, which I got enrolled into. I opted out , and looked for avenues.and landed up in designing.I was asked interesting questions , one of them being “itna padh likh kar bhi tailor hi to banega “. And to my surprise, I feel great now as padha likha tailor ! ” “We define HAR.YARN.V As a tradition, it’s our small step towards uplifting our fellow countrymen(weavers, traditional artists).”
HAR.YARN.V woman is full of contrasts. Minimalistic yet stylish, classy yet strong, posh yet simple. It’s all within her already. Kanishk says he would love to dress Priyanka Gandhi in HAR.YARN.V clothes! Kanishk likes to play with accent in terms of accessories, colours or trims and working on IKAT a lot.
As a brand HAR.YARN.V plans to bring in communities of weavers and artists to work with us. Navjyoti India foundation by Dr.Kiran Bedi and and SEWA (self employed women association) Bhagalpur, Bihar.
Haryarnv is not something you guys can miss if you are anywhere close to Indian organic aesthetics or a suckerfor handcrafted things.
Kanishk has an urban take on how he manifests his own aesthetics and already had an acknowledgement of what he actually wanted to do..
‘Since inception I have known what my aesthetics stand for, but I started off by selling sarees to my very own teachers and family relatives’. He truly produces what he actually loves, serving the women of today, who are well informed and belong to set of city which is all about organic understanding and value craft in its true essence. His woman is the one who loves to dress with a sense of urban Indian sophistication and understand what it takes to create the very base of the garment they wear. Someone who just does not follow the trend blindly, but someone who wants to know what she is going wear and why.
For all those who don’t know, Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. In ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired patterns. Since the emphasis lay on each individual yarn, as the name suggests Har-Yarn.V is what he owns.
Kanishk makes 4 annual visits to Pochampally to get his collection executed. While he has his place in Gurgaon, he primarily exhibits in various handcraft oriented exhibitions like Nature Bazaar, Dastkar, Tisya and one of his online stockist is Jaypore.
Lately HarYarnV has gone beyond ikkat, and inculcated denim and kalamkari in their collection along with kantha ornamentation. ‘It restricts the growth of a brand to remain compulsarily rooted to just one thing. Ikkat will always be my thing, but that doesn’t stop me explore other weaves’ says Kanishk. Also that is not all guys, he also makes such beautiful handwoven silk stoles and is soon launching another brand offering cushion covers which is initiative of training less privileged women to make upcycled and new products from sustainable waste.
These are couple of my favourites at HarYarnV, shot at his very own Haveli-Cum-Studio which is definitely a must visit.