Sanjay Garg's journey with Raw Mango recently completed a decade. To celebrate that, Sanjay has recently launched a set of ten limited edition objects that represent Raw Mango’s exploratory nature and evolution within new forms of expression.
Through the use of material, technique and form, each object provides further insight into its expansive aesthetic vocabulary - both tangible and intangible. These are a culmination of ideas, a lifetime’s inspirations and what it is that makes Raw Mango stand apart from the crowd. The objects are a homage to humanity’s past, our shared histories across the globe and a celebration of the vast cultural repertoire of India and its crafts. Created across the country, each object has a story of its own. In conversation with the celebrated designer.
Ten years of enriching age-old traditions and textiles...how would you summarize your journey?
It has been rewarding and full of learnings - Raw Mango began with the investigation of possibilities, seeking to question perspectives through our designs and philosophies and also create a unique aesthetic and voice that is both socially conscious and politically aware.
Do you think you have been able to stick to the sensibility you started Raw Mango with? It must have evolved with time too…
The conviction of our sensibility has been there since day one as we have continued to evolve in terms of color, silhouettes, and motifs and also through new mediums of expressions - as I grow I hope to continue to grow my vision and expand.
What was the inspiration behind the ten objects that commemorate your journey?
Each object has a story and journey of its own - they are a culmination of inspirations and celebrations of the vast cultural histories across the country. At the end of the day, this is a non-definitive group of objects based on a selection of things that resonate with me and the brand.
Art is design is fashion...lines between genres are blurring. What are your thoughts on the same?
In India, art, design or fashion was never seen as separate entities - you can’t see them in a compartmentalized silo. ‘Kala’, is a by-product of all forms of artistic creation and is intertwined with history and culture. The division between them is a Western construct. The lines were blurred before and I believe should continue to be.