Ritu Beri’s four themes for Indian Railways’ uniforms: From nawab, pop to tribal art and rustic coins

By: | Published: July 27, 2016 4:23 PM

Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways' staff may soon don uniforms that have been designed by the renowned Ritu Beri!

railway uniform ritu beri, railway uniform ritu beri themes, new railway uniforms, new failway uniforms fashion designerThe purpose of the new uniforms is to instill a sense of pride and belonging in railway workers. (Image by Indian Railways)

Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways’ staff may soon don uniforms that have been designed by the renowned Ritu Beri! The fashion designer, who was roped in by the Railway Ministry, has submitted four themes that are based on the Indian culture. According to the Indian Railways, the purpose of the new uniforms is to instill a sense of pride and belonging in railway workers. The themes are titled: Ethos of India, The Golden Period, The Legacy of the Nawabs and The Vibrant Soul of India. While the first theme is based on tribal, and the second on rustic coins and currency, the third focuses on nawabs and the fourth is about elements of culture, business, music and entertainment.

Ritu Beri suggested that Indian Railways should run a competition to check feedback for each option, an idea that found resonance with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. He also wants that unions should be consulted before any decision on the final theme is taken. Prabhu has said that the cost of the new uniform should be within the target range of the current one, and has directed that a committee be setup to evaluate the pricing and fabric for each theme. We take a detailed look at the four themes that Ritu Beri has presented and what the concept behind each one of them is:

1. Ethos of India

India has always been known as the land that portrayed cultural and traditional vibrancy through its conventional arts and crafts. This theme represents the form of traditional art practiced by several tribes or rural population, which is normally classified as tribal art. “The folk and tribal arts of India are very ethnic and simple, and yet colorful and vibrant enough to speak volumes about the country’s rich heritage,” the description of the theme says. From Madhubani to Warli, the theme’s inspiration flows around the most famous folk art of India. The colour palette consists of maroon, ivory, black & navy blue.

railway uniform ritu beri, railway uniform ritu beri themes, new railway uniforms, new failway uniforms fashion designerEthos of India theme (Image by Indian Railways)

2. The Golden Period

With this theme, the idea is to showcase the “surreal heritage sculptures”. According to the presentation made to the Railways, the theme indicates the rustic coins and currencies prevalent in that era. The colour palette consists of colours like olive, maroon, rust & cream.

railway uniform ritu beri, railway uniform ritu beri themes, new railway uniforms, new failway uniforms fashion designerThe Golden Period theme (Image by Indian Railways)

3. The Legacy of the Nawabs

“The universal languages of geometry of form and symmetry of patterns, colour and textures add a unity of vision to the architecture and art that is the majestic style,” the presentation says. The colour palette has different shades of blue – from navy to turquoise to cobalt, adding accents from maroon to the entire story.

railway uniform ritu beri, railway uniform ritu beri themes, new railway uniforms, new failway uniforms fashion designerThe Legacy of the Nawabs theme (Image by Indian Railways)

4. The Vibrant Soul of India

The fourth theme draws inspiration from the Indian pop art. “Pop art is an interesting bridge between popular and mundane. Fusing everyday elements of culture, business, music and entertainment and transporting them onto clothing and embellishments is pop art,” the presentation says.

railway uniform ritu beri, railway uniform ritu beri themes, new railway uniforms, new failway uniforms fashion designerThe Vibrant Soul of India theme (Image by Indian Railways)

This uses the “brightest of colour palette” with greens and oranges & fuses them with navy blue & whites to create a “sober story” for the railways uniforms.

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