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Imchatsung Imchen is a visionary artist/entrepreneur who seeks inspiration in music, fashion and design to express his distinctive art of storytelling.
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A Kathak Story

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Kathak: the word Kathak is derived from the word ‘Katha‘, meaning ‘the art of storytelling’. It is also synonymous with the community of artists known as the ‘Kathakas‘ whose hereditary profession was to narrate history though dance. With dance, music and mime these storytellers of ancient India would bring to life the tales of epics and the scriptures. 
Recently got an opportunity to design an angharkha set for Emran Thiara, an artist now based in London, who is featured in these stunning frames shot by fine-art photographer Ajay Koli. Since he essentially wanted something white for a kathak performance, I designed this 16 panel angharkha with printed indigo details, styled with a woven scarf developed in Nagaland. The design of the overall look was simple but it still retained the dynamic movement and fluidity, beautifully brought to life by the photographer.


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Kathak Dancer: Emran Thiara
Photographer: Ajay Koli 
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The Beaded Dress: Esther Jamir

One of the first posts on blogger [now removed], when I started as a student in July 2005  was about Esther Jamir [Model & Entreprenuer]. It is not to say that my fascination obsession for her started way before, back in the days when one of the boys in our college at Kohima had photos of her from school [either stolen or bought from a photo studio]. 

Finally got the opportunity to work with her on a short film, which I plan to exhibit as a series. We already shot some scenes last December. It’s an absolute joy to be sharing these pictures that were photographed during the process of filming.
Special mention to Shradha Jain for assisting me in the process of hand-beading this dress. Shout out to Aneeth Arora, Gunjan Ahlawat, Hommiza Mimila Raman & Shishir Jha for the support. More updates soon.


The beaded dress featuring Esther Jamir can be seen on my new website.


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Lakme Fashion Week spring-summer 2010

Working with the beautiful textiles from his state Nagaland, Imcha Imchen’s collection called “How Many Stories do you Read on my Face” was a very creative and impressive line of men’s and women’s wear. Organic cottons and silks with vegetable dyes were the basis of the line in white and black with hints of block prints and basket weaves.

Woven jackets, pleated shirts, layered kurta, draped dress in Chanderi, double layered tops, indigo dyed vest and loin inspired wrap around with a mul shirt, a bias bundi and a pleated waist coat were some of the striking creations. The innovative accessories like the fabric shoes, armlets, bangles all developed in Nagaland were the perfect additions to the collection.

Inspired by many of the tribal attire of his state, Imcha worked the look into modern garments very cleverly but at the same time allowed the outfits to make definite tribal fashion statements. Here was a very compact collection with a very strong identity.


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