Mala and Pradeep Sinha are both trained designers from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and have opened their own showroom in Baroda called BODHI. The name signifies Awareness, which is the underlying strength behind everything that this design couple does.
The textiles and garments in cotton and silk including sarees, salwar-kameez, Indo-Western outfits, kaftans, and accessories like scarves and stoles as well as kurta-pajamas for men, are all designed and printed at their own exclusive studio-workshop in Baroda. These are designed by Mala and they are both traditional as well as contemporary and have a distinct flavour that comes from a sophisticated sense of aesthetics, attention to detail, quality and excellent craftsmanship. Her sarees and garments are all retailed under the Bodhi brand. Mala has a deep respect for the treasures in textile traditions that mark each region of this country and both Mala and Pradeep always endeavour to bring about the synthesis of existing crafts talent and skill and adapting these to contemporary applications. Mala’s sarees, odhnis, scarves and dress materials are beautifully hand and screen-printed in a fascinating range of colours and are immediately recognisable as from the Bodhi studio. The July 1, 2001 Anniversary issue of Femina features Mala and her designs amongst the most promising textile designers of this country.
Bodhi, the shop on Old Padra Road, stocks handicrafts and lifestyle products sourced from all over the country. Here again the designer’s eye picks out the truly beautiful and presents a lovely collection that is the true connoisseur’s delight.
By Sandhya Bordawekar