Apart from being a platform to support home-grown fashion, the 25-year-old store, Ensemble will celebrate handcrafted saris from across India at its exhibit, Sartorial Sari. The labels on offer include Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg, PotliArts and works by designer Vidhi Singhania.
“India has an unbelievable heritage of handwoven textiles. Throughout the world, handcrafted products are being considered as the greatest luxury. If a handmade Gucci bag is treasured, why not the same for our textiles? The sari has made a huge comeback, and we too, have been working with designers to create exclusive pieces and dedicating a part of our store to handwoven textiles,” shares Tina Tahiliani Parikh who maintains that “The Indian woman’s body is perfect for a sari. We want to bring the sari out from the subconscious to reality.”
Throwing light on his collection at the store, Garg says, “One of the series is called Berang, which is created by using hues and shades of charcoal through indigo dyeing. These saris have been made in Akola in Rajasthan. The dark colours are inspired by the skies of Rajasthan in the monsoon, when rain clouds look ominous but do not always rain.” Garg has also designed a line of Chanderi saris inspired by marigold. If you dig off-beat-styled blouses try the
quilted bandis, or jacket-like blouses that appeal to colder climes. Garg has also worked with the Mashru fabric.
PotliArts, under the guidance of sari exponent Rta Kapur Chishti, has curated an organic luxury khadi sari collection, in classic styles inspired by retro Bollywood including cotton Kanchipuram, Kerala and cotton Paithani saris. Titled Qalb (heart, in Arabic), they fuse traditional weaving methods with modern-day sensibilities.
Vidhi Singhania’s line of Kota and Benarsi handwoven silk saris are not machine made and yet maintain a quality. She explains the challenges: “While working with traditional Indian craftsmen, the biggest hurdle, apart from maintaining quality, is the limited edition factor. They aren’t familiar with copyright issues and at times, if you work for months to create contemporary and traditional designs, these tend to get replicated.”
From July 25, till stocks last AT Ensemble, opposite Lion Gate, Fort.