Kangan Arora is a textile designer based in London. What sets her apart is her amazing eye that feeds her tremendous creativity. Her ability to see patterns and details in everyday things that would not necessarily be noticed. This becomes very apparent in the pictures she takes to document her work. As a truly creative mind, Kangan observes her surroundings and transforms ideas into graphic patterns. The results are unique textile creations that celebrate colours and patterns to ultimately subtly embellish their environment.
Her home country is her source of inspiration. Whether that be the urban culture, the modern or the quirky and random, India is at the heart of what Kangan creates. Her inspiration is wide from juxtaposition of old buildings and kitsch store fronts to sign paintings and above all she has a love for trucks which feature the most amazing traditional hand paintings.
Kangan grew up in India in a family that has always been involved with textiles in some ways. Her great grand father started a textile business in fashion retail which her grandfather then took forward. Today her father runs this now big family business that specialise in fine textiles sourced all over India. Fashion design was an obvious path to follow for Kangan and running the family business would have been the natural course of things. But while studying fashion in Gujarat, she fell in love with textiles and decided to move to London to specialise in textile design and print at Central Saint Martins. This move was key in making her realise how much India was inspiring her work.
Kangan uses handmade screen-printing throughout her cushion range. Her experience of this technique is impressive and allows her to gauge the whole process intuitively, up to colour mixes.
Kangan work is already widely recognised as she has been chosen as one of ’20 names to know’ by Elle magazine in the UK and signed exclusive collections for Urban Outfitters and Heal’s.
“It is all about looking at ideas and transforming them into patterns.”