Surely you remember the ‘best-out-of-waste’ phase our schools put us up to when we were young. Students came bearing clocks made using old floppy disks, flowers made using crepe paper and pen stands made using discarded bracelets. Apeksha Rai can proudly claim that this isn’t a phase, but her lifestyle. Known lovingly as the ‘paper queen’, the paper craft artist has gathered a massive following of nearly two hundred thousand people on Instagram, and the sole reason is her craft of turning paper into clothes!
Rai is in her early twenties and has a spot for fashion designing, which she wants to pursue passionately. Her passion is clear in the dresses she designs and then wears, modeling for herself. Hailing from a small Indian village hasn’t stopped this young paper queen to be admired globally.
Audiences have fallen in love with the variety of dresses, pants and blouses Apeksha crafts out of paper. Even though most of the pieces of clothing are made using newspaper – a waste after one has gone through it – Rai uses other mediums, too। Some of these are glaze paper and chart paper – the staple craft items in Indian schools.
The paper craft designer has designed several clothes, and she also reinvents celebrity fashion items. Some of her famous rethinkings include actress Nora Fatehi’s dresses, coloured ro near perfection. Even though Rai does not particularly mind wearing printed newspaper, she does enjoy painting the pieces of paper for a more authentic appearance.
Time and again she designs and wears paper accessories to go with her paper dresses. Often she would post videos where she dances gracefully while modeling for herself.
Such a rare feat at a young age is also acknowledged by the fashion designer herself. She calls herself the ‘paper queen’, which is her username on Instagram and other platforms. And, needless to say, she is one!
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