Tilla ( n: hill ) is a design studio based in Ahmedabad, India. Established in 2011 by clothing designer Aratrik Dev Varman, the brand celebrates handmade Indian textiles and craftsmanship.
At its heart, it is defined by a practical and elegant aesthetic that adapts easily to different contexts globally, outlining an approach to living and working with traditional crafts in a modern world. This balance is brought about in an ecosystem of mindful design and slow production, with minimal waste being an important part of the design ethos.
Tilla clothing is sold at leading design stores in India and internationally. Since its inception, the brand has expanded from fashion to include wallpaper, interior textiles, textile art/installations and a café as an extension to its portfolio of work.
Our Design Team
Clockwise, from top left: Aratrik Dev Varman, Saloni Agarwal, Rohan Doshi, Jisha Unnikrishnan
Aratrik Dev Varman is the founder and lead designer of Tilla. He studied textile design at NID (National Institute of Design), Ahmedabad (2003), and fashion design at ENSAD (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in Paris. He particularly enjoys working with vintage textiles, art history, and the company of his many, many dogs.
Saloni Agarwal is the production and business head of Tilla. She trained as a photographer from NID, Ahmedabad (2013), and holds a graduate degree in graphic design. Saloni is a passionate cook and experiments with recreating traditional vegetarian recipes from different Indian regions.
Rohan Doshi is the photographer and brand manager of Tilla. He graduated from PDEU (Pandit Deendayal Energy University), Gandhinagar with a degree in Mass Communications (2021). He enjoys exploring music from all ages and world cinema, in particular the works of Wes Anderson, and hopes to cycle for 100 kms in one day, someday.
Jisha Unnikrishnan is an illustrator and print designer and holds a post-graduate degree in textile design from NID, Ahmedabad (2009). Her work is inspired by her love for nature, best expressed in her botanical drawings that are as documentary as they are illustrative. She has travelled extensively in the North Eastern region of India, researching communities and their textile traditions.