Images of friends wearing my signature ArtWear silhouettes.

Erika Lernot's "Dreams of Cuba"

These are images of the gorgeous Erika Lernot wearing her Naksha Mini skirt as a strapless dress. These images first appeared in Erika's story Dreams of Cuba. Blogger, singer, model and world traveler - Erika was the model for our Midsummer Night's Dream mood.

The Naksha skirt - in 4 lengths - micro, mini, midi and minuit - is my signature silhouette. Each skirt is made from a single Tangail or Jamdani saree, matched with the appropriate lining to give a distinctive light-layering effect, where a third colour is visible due to the translucency of the fine Bengal muslin.

Each skirt is unique, cut from a single (usually one-of-a-kind) saree. The first version of the skirt was created almost 20 years ago, and I have created thousands of them since. I'm pretty sure no two have been identical. It is a super-comfortable, easy-to-wear piece, allowing free movement, and suitable for all ages and occasions.

The first Naksha skirts were created for me to wear while dancing and performing Salsa, so they had to be comfortable and allow full freedom of movement.

Since it is a crushed skirt - the garment is twisted into a rope in the final stages of drying and stored as such - it travels easily and does not require ironing. The resulting crinkling of the fabric adds additional texture to it's visual appearance.