The studio moodboard for The Sultan’s Soldiers collection is rich in culture, history, ornamentation and art. Discover key elements of Sabina’s research here, and view some of the images which inspired her designs.


Citing the works of Rudyard Kipling, the ancient animal fables of the Indian Panchatantra and elements of the true tales of Tipu Sultan, this collection references sections of ancient indian culture. The mechanical ornament, ‘Tipu’s Tiger’, is part of the permanent collection at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The remainder of his riches have been returned to Mysore.

Below you can find the moodboard and a selection of relevant images.

The Sultan’s Soldiers moodboard

Tipoo’s Tiger, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tiger themed weaponry belonging to Tipu Sultan

Tiger stripe arm guards worn by the army of Tipu Sultan

Ancient Indian block printing