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Meet the Designer – Lipsa from Galang Gabaan

The history of Odisha , ancient Kalinga has been shaped by major political events and the religions that flourished over the centuries. The Kalinga war which silenced Asoka’s war drums forever is the sheet anchor of Odisha’s history . The succeeding Odishan king Kharavela , who came to power during the second half of the 1st century BC was a Jain who furthered the religion’s cause . After him a succession of dynasties began with the Sailodbhavas , followed by the Bhauma-karas and Somavamsis, and ended with the great Ganga family , which came to power in the 12th century.

 

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The period between 7th to 12th Century saw the rise of Odisha as a center of outstanding artistic expression, commerce, pilgrimage and civilization. The art of temple building became increasingly refined during these centuries, developing a unique and exquisite Odishan style.

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The major crafts of Odisha are dependent on the various religious and social ceremonies mostly linked to Lord Jagannath. The tradition of painting patachitra was first used to decorate unfinished idols. Shola pith was used to decorate the idols of the trinity – Lord Jagannath , Subhadra and Balbhadra. Both crafts owe their origin to the worship of Lord Jagannath . In the late 16th century Odisha was annexed to the Mughal empire resulting in a confluence of different cultures. Ganjifa , the Mughal playing cards became Indiannized and silver filigree was introduced here . In recent years local materials like sikki grass , straw , coir and cowdung have been transformed into decorative projects.

 

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Buddhism , Jainism , tribal beliefs and the various sects and cults which were later woven together into Hinduism all existed in Odisha at different times. This resulted in the totally Odishan deity of Lord Jagannath . Odisha’s varied tribal population in the western districts are a repository of living crafts  visible through their system of weekly markets.

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“Galang Gabaan is in santhali language.It loosely means ‘to create something out of love’.It started with my need to be my own boss and promoting textiles of Odisha,which pulled me back to my home city ,Bhubaneswar” – Lipsa
 Lipsa founder of Galang Gaban graduated from  NIFT ,Hyderabad in 2008 batch specializing in Fashion and Apparel Design . From non fashion family  background and she faced a lot of NO’s when she expressed her decision to pursue studying fashion design ,but passion triumphed.
 
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 “Every women has a unique style.Every women is my inspiration . Galang Gabaan woman is most importantly rooted, confident,beautiful on the inside and believes in herself. “
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My own personal style is relaxed ,effortless and stress free, which also describes the label in short. Right now I am hooked on to organic fabrics from Kotpad and Dokra metal craft( lost wax technique of metal casting in Odisha) .Odisha is a hub for craft lovers,to name a few there is Ikkat of Sambalpur,patchwork of Pipli,Pattachitra,bamboo works ,coir works .
“I would also  love to dress my mother my style inspiration and source of my strength.
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Top 5 Indian clothes and accessories  every woman must have in her wardrobe .
  1.Saree
  2.Saree
  3.Saree
  4.Kurta and dupatta
  5.Lehenga(skirts) and choli(tops)
 In Accessories any silver jewellery just works wonders for any type of garments.
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I want to see Gabaan on a global platform,we are taking baby steps now.  I am breathing and living Galang Gabaan now until i see it on a global platform.
Lipsa , we adore your sarees as much as the leisurely dresses you create. Proud to have you as our first designer from Odisha , wishing you lots of success and can’t wait to see Galang Gabaan make its name global very soon.
Galang Gabaan makes beautiful and one of a kind Santhal Saris. They are also planning to work extensively with kotpad fabrics ( from Koraput ) of the Mirigan tribe .
To purchase Galang Gabaan contact them on Facebook here . Email Lipsa @ galang.gabaan@gmail.com
and buy the Santal Saris at Tjori  here.
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