following on from my conceptual costume design project of the jungle book, I decided to construct a costume for Raksha, one of the wolves.
Inspired by indian garments, crafts and techniques, the wolf costume gave me a mix of using different skills such as cad, dyeing, printing, sewing and constructing costume props such as the tail.
The traditional garments used for RAksha's costume included a sherwani on the top and pajamas bottoms. The costume also included a mask and tail. The original design also had a mesh top and leggings but this was changed throughout the process.
The wolf costumes in the jungle book incorporated metals and grey tones to reflect the wolves' colours and their environment.
Traditional crafts such as Bidri ware served as an inspiration for the wolves' block printing. metalwork would then be worked on top to show the hierarchy within the pack.
Lost wax metal casting was an inspiration for the design of the wolves' masks and added to the metallic feel of the group.
Researching the garment
with limited information available to me, I went to local shops to observe the construction of the sherwani
Pattern drafting and Toile
Block printing Inspiration and Final Design
CAD and Lino cutting
to expand my digital skills and as Indian block prints are traditionally carved from wood, I decided to experiment with aspire software to engrave my block print onto wood using a cnc machine. eventually, i went with laser cutting Lino as it was easier and faster to achieve
Dyeing and Block printing
Metalwork and embroidery