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Indian Inspiration

Kate Falchi wouldn’t mind a one-way ticket to Jaipur, Mumbai or Punjab.

Bags from the Henna Tigersnake collection from Carlos Falchi.
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WWD A issue 04/19/2010

Kate Falchi wouldn’t mind a one-way ticket to Jaipur, Mumbai or Punjab.

The daughter of Carlos Falchi and associate designer at his namesake company has spent years absorbing all sorts of Indian culture, from food and spices to the richly pigmented and highly energetic musicals on public cable TV — before “Slumdog Millionaire” sparked a worldwide fascination with the country’s culture.

“It’s my dream destination,” said Falchi of India, who incorporated her Indian fixation into Carlos Falchi’s pre-fall line.

The Henna Tigersnake collection includes electric-colored tiger snake bags in fuchsia, orange and saffron covered in curlicues, ikat-looking patterns and traditional henna motifs. The bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from fold-over clutches to a ruched cross-body bag with sterling silver hardware and a tote done in azure, tangerine and aubergine. Prices range from $495 to $1,995.

“It has an air of funkiness without it being too over the top,” said Falchi, who studied the art of wedding henna, in which an Indian bride is ceremonially painted with the natural brown dye along her hands and arms.

The collection will hit Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and neimanmarcus.com this spring.

This story first appeared in the April 19, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.