At the age of ten, inspired by her grandmother in Kolkata, India, Harshita Lohia became very interested in arts and crafts. Belonging to the sixth generation of the Chamong tea family, business skills came naturally to Harshita. Her early interest was making and selling cards and envelopes for weddings. When she was thirteen, her father gave her a set of paints and paintbrushes and told her “to use them with no limits”. From that moment Harshita developed a serious interest in fine arts. At fifteen, she held her first solo exhibition of her paintings in Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata, India followed by a solo exhibition in Singapore at age seventeen. In 1997, Harshita traveled to Chicago for a summer program at the Art Institute of Chicago. The following year she enrolled at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. After finishing her bachelor of fine arts degree in textile design at Moore, Harshita completed her master’s degree in digital printing at Philadelphia University. In 2005, she created Harshita Designs to carry out her mission of creating wearable art and original accessories. Her brilliant collections represent her rich heritage and her sensitive way of blending east and west.
At Harshita Designs you will find uniquely designed wearable art for women and men, including scarves, shawls, handbags, jewelry, tunics and jackets. Each creation starts with thoughtfully crafted designs. The carefully finished designs are then printed or embroidered to enhance the wearable piece of art. The inspiration for Harshita’s designs and use of color comes from elements of nature, man made structures, symbols of Indian culture and simple geometrical forms. Her choice of high quality material includes chiffon, crepe, georgette and charmeuse silk.
- Inspiration sketches are converted into hand drawn motifs and a design repeat is created using the (Computer Aided Design)CAD process.
- Various elements of design are identified for carving on a wooden block.
- Separate blocks are carved for each color.
- Depending on the design, white silk is hand dyed, umbré or spray painted to create the background surface.
- Textures are created using simple tools such as, comb, hairbrush, metal pieces, brushes, papers, plexi glass, scrubs, wood grains, etc.
- The main design motifs are printed on the fabric using acid dyes.
- The printed fabric is steamed, washed and dried.