They say, once an arrow has to be launched it must be pulled backwards.
Over the last 30 years, both professionally and personally ace designer Rina Dhaka has weathered many storms.
However, in Buddhism they always teach you to accept challenges and that’s just what she did. Maybe that’s why she could, on some micro level, connect with the migrant workers, who have been part of her arduous trajectory to getting to where she have reached. Her embroiderers, pattern cutters, fabric sources —- the invisible heroes, who give the rite of passage to take a final bow.
Her LMIFW collection pays homage to their grit. It reflects on the fortitude, looking at adversity in the eye and yet marching on to a place which is “home”. A metaphor for security, warmth, and comfort. A nest, allegorical of how we all have done the same.
She strongly believes every word has consequences and silences too. Even though many people dissuaded her from talking about this topic—- she stood her ground. Their plight reverberated with how our ecosystems got waylaid by a virus. It taught her the fragility of life, the need for greater humility, and how merely a spec in the bigger universe. Her line titled “Book of Courage” mirrors the austerity and simplicity with which those, who are living on the fringes of society faced the worst crisis of the decade.