Gujarati translation: elegance
1) The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
2) The quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness
Lavanya is a structured petticoat which allows you to walk more easily in a saree.
Currently, sarees require a slight kicking action to walk without tripping over the front material. With a high prevalence of hypermobility and musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis in Indian people, this kick-walking action becomes more difficult with age. Older Indian women are compensating their walking style into a waddle to avoid such extension which unfortunately exacerbates the long term suffering in the knees.
Through extensive user research and testing, Lavanya has been created by re-designing the petticoat to allow Indian women to walk normally in a saree without the need to kick and without compromising the overall silhouette and traditional aesthetic of the saree.
Walk with confidence, walk with grace, walk with Lavanya.
School of Design
MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018
I am a human-centred design engineer.
I have a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and am using this technical foundation to dive deeper into the human centred design world.
I do not believe engineering and design are mutually exclusive. Neither can exist without the other and I believe the combination of the two are the driving forces for innovation, social impact and human responsibility.
We have a unique opportunity to have a positive influence on the world through the means of design and engineering, an opportunity which I am aiming to embrace.
- BEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2016
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, Imperial College Department of Mechanical Engineering, London, 2016-2018; Design Engineer Intern, Helix Centre, London, 2017; Design Intern, Philips Innovation Services, Eindhoven, 2016