ਫੁੱਲ ~ Phula
Flow·er is called Phula (ਫੁਲ) in Punjabi.
As many of you may know Babbu is an Indo – Canadian who builds a bridge between her two cultures to create meaningful art. But it goes beyond putting a “South Asian twist” on western concepts. This journey is bigger than that; it is about discovering one self in different spaces and environment. Her work takes different shapes and forms and focuses on the struggle of an immigrant who feels the need to assimilate to a new world and all the grief attached to it. But Babbu did some soul searching and realized that maybe she didn’t need to assimilate, she needed to re-invent herself.
For as long as Babbu can remember she would wear her parents clothing around her house. She would even go to high school in her mom’s oversized kameez, her dad’s oversized kurta and wore bindis and shawls with a pair of jeans and a cute top. Slowly it became natural that it didn’t feel like she was trying to force two styles togethers. It was the perfect blend.
Project Phula is one of Babbu’s favorite collaborations with boutique Kiki’s Korner. Babbu handpicked different Indian textiles to create an exclusive collection of kurta’s. The collection consists of four different floral prints, which inspired the name for the collection. Babbu designed specific silhouettes that are one size fits all just like her father’s kurta. Fine Fabrics were hand picked from India, later stitched and produced in Canada. This line is to embrace and share that blend we have all become a part of.
Designer ~ Babbuthepainter ~ instagram.com/babbuthepainter
Stitching and Production ~ Kikis Korner ~ instagram.com/kikis.korner
Photography ~ Happy Jazan ~ instagram.com/happyjazan
- a loose collarless shirt worn by people from South Asia.
- a decorative mark worn in the middle of the forehead by Indian women.
- a piece of fabric worn by women over the shoulders or head or wrapped around a baby.