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Sophia 203's Magical Craftsmanship October 15 2018, 0 Comments

Sophia 203 New York Times

Sophia 203 New York Times

The perks of collaborating with Sophia Watanabe of Sophia 203 is the magic she is always able to produce in her atelier in Jaipur for the following reasons:

"Sophia’s embroidery — done with ancient techniques called aari and zardozi, which are practiced only by male artisans in Rajasthan and mostly used on costumes for religious ceremonies — adorns everything from necklaces to pillows to clutches and features intricately stitched flora and fauna, like poppies or butterflies, in bright shades of coral, turquoise and pink. Often inspired by works of art (a recent collection was based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois), Sophia’s creations take hours of handcrafting and have the rich, inimitable feel of vintage heirlooms. She begins by sketching her designs, including the color placement of every thread, after which her artisans make a sample." Amanda Fortini

You can find out more about Sophia and her husband, Masafumi Watanabe founder of the Japanese streetwear brand Bedwin and the Heartbreakers, on the New York Style Magazines profile.  

(Images courtesy of Masumi Kura for the New York Times Style Magazine)


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