:Daughter of an insurer, Taj Preet Kaur was so in love with designing that her family gave her full support. The passion to pursue fashion eventually led her to avail a state sponsored scheme and make it big, reports R S Gull
I was so passionate about designing that I was dreaming of a marrying J J Valaya, a top designer who is a sardar,” Taj Preet Kaur would tell matter-of-the-factly at her boutique Soch: Shades Of Women, in Jammu’s crowded Ghandi Nagar. “I followed my passion so completely that anybody and everybody who came in my view helped me to be what I am right now.”
Gurbachan Singh retired as divisional manger of state’s life insurer, the LIC. He had groomed his kids well and given them proper education. While one of his sons landed in police and is a DySP rank officer, the other one decided joining any service and opted to be a contractor, a supplier to the army, to be precise. But his daughter Taj Preet wanted to opt something very different. She wanted to be a designer.
Text books for Taj Preet were apparently a second priority. The first was trying to be creative whatever she found was around: interior designing, apparels, and whatever. “I was not so much interested in studies,” she admits. “Sometimes at home, I would end up cutting clothes of my mother to create new patterns and try to be innovative.”
In her state run college in Gandhinagar, when she heard of NFT offering a two year course in textile designing, she was desperate to get in. She graduated with Arts subjects in 1998 and then joined the NIFT. “That was the start of a new life completely,” Taj Preet says. “I met the couturier Valaya and attended many top designers like Ravi Bajaj, Ritu Beri, Sheetal Malhotra and many others.” With Beri, I attended three months workshop. That helped me a great deal in understanding the nuances of the area; Taj Preet was so desperate to get into.