In an attempt to revive the dying art of conversation in today’s social-media driven world, 20-year-old Madhura Kulkarni has designed an LED Emoji Bag. “People in the 21st century are so engrossed in social media that they hardly talk to each other verbally. Human to human verbal communication and interaction has reduced a lot,” the young fashion designer told HuffPost India. “I wanted this to change, so I came up with this bag that displays different emoticons or emojis, which could actually start a verbal conversation between people.”

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Kulkarni who is still in her final year of fashion studies at the Birmingham University in the UK, decided to design these bags for her final-year project and launched it under her brand MADHECII. “I wanted to create something futuristic and out of the world which depicts the modern era. Sci-Fi, Robots, Cyborgs, Humanoids — in short, the future, inspires me the most. The reason is, you never know what is going to happen in the future. And, that gives me tremendous freedom and inspiration to create something which is original, un-imagined and out of the world,” she says. Emojis are already recognized as bonafide couture accessories after designer Karl Lagerfeld showcased emoji prints as part of the Chanel Fall 2016 collection in Paris this March. Kulkarni however wanted to go a step further and use a moving picture in her design.