There are two kinds of clothes in every wardrobe; those that will be worn for a certain period of time, cuts which are in today – out tomorrow, or shopped on impulse. Then there are those that are a possession, timeless, a part of you and your personality; those that will be held on forever and then passed on to the next generation. A ‘kimkara’ is just that, it is there to stay with you forever; it is an extension of your personality, a garment that touches your heart and makes you feel complete. ‘kimkara’ creates magic on fabric and tells stories through art. Stories that you become a part of when you wear a kimkara design. A ‘kimkara’ exudes confidence and makes heads turn. You stand out!! Each collection is based on the works of a single artist, who have a story of their own. The imperfections and the originality of the Art and the perfection of its adaptation on fabric results in one of a kind, limited edition of pieces. See it to believe it, wear it to experience it. ‘kimkara’ is unforgettable.
Shikha Grover (6 November 1966 – eternity) “Now I see that the journey was never meant to lead to some new and improved version of me; that it has always been about coming home to who I already am.” ― Katrina Kenison
Turning 50 triggers something in all of us. For Shikha Grover, it triggered an avalanche of action. As gravity took its toll, the waist thickened, wrinkles got deeper and eye-sight weaker, she decided to take life head on and really began living it up, to use a cliche. Shikha is now a fitness enthusiast. She hired a handsome young trainer, forced the weighing scale to move in reverse and started looking hot at 50. More importantly, she decided to become an entrepreneur. For a large part of her career, Shikha devoted her time and energy to the social sector. She was with Childline India Foundation, working to improve the lives of street children for 10 years in Mumbai; moved to Kuala Lumpur 6 years ago and helped a child with special needs graduate from the Garden International School. This strong need to give back to the world has always been an integral part of her existence.
Art, Architecture and Designing have always been her passion; she is an impressionist and has been painting for over 25 years, Claude Monet being her first love. Two years ago Shikha along with a friend launched “bodh”. They combined the two art forms; original paintings on canvas with the fabrics and weaves from India to create sarees. Each piece was one of a kind, Bodh was a big success and much appreciated. In 2018, Shikha launched her own label, ‘Kimkara’. The first collection of sarees, jackets and kaftans was launched in Dubai. An exhibition in Kuala Lumpur quickly followed and the response at both places was outstanding. Nothing spurs an artist more than the love & appreciation of the audience and Shikha is charging full speed ahead. Each year she collaborates with artists to tell their stories. Their paintings inspire her to design, to bring their art to life on silk.