Kunal is a professional designer and artist from India, graduating from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, and enjoys playing with offbeat materials to create art and fashion.
He was among the top 60 designers in the world to showcase a creation at the 2015 Frankfurt Style Awards and has won national accolades in his native country.
“I am entering the Henty awards to spread the beauty of Indian handloom textiles and the painstaking method of such fabric processes,’’ Kunal said.
“Also, to give a glimpse of the potential Indian handloom fabrics in a global market and to render an Indian essence to the whole show.’’
His design is made from silks, reared in Assam, a north-eastern part of India.
Pat silk is produced in limited quantities due to few mulberry worms being reared in Assam.
“Eri silk is also known as Indi silk and is not only a warm and soft fabric, but also has excellent characteristics such as anti-fungal, non-toxic, bio-degradable and sustainability,’’ Kunal said.
The winners of each category in the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards will be announced from 1pm on Thursday, September 22.
The supreme garment will win $1000 plus a sewing machine valued at $3199.
There is prize money of $500 each for best accessory, millinery, knitted or crocheted garment plus the encouragement award of a Bernina sewing machine for the best garment designed by a student.