Traditional meets modern

Three iconic Indian hand-woven textile labels, Vaya, Bailou and Gaurang come together to present an exhibition of exquisitely hand-woven sarees on February 17, 18, and 19 at CSMVS’s Coomaraswamy Hall. While each label boasts of a unique design aesthetic, they are united by their common love for the Indian saree.

In a world where urban twenty-somethings are more likely to pick a Burberry over a Benarasi or a Prada over a Paithani, it is more important than ever to reinvigorate the saree, release it from the shackles of the past and re-imagine it as a powerful garment for the urban Indian woman. At the forefront of this movement are Vaya by Mira Sagar, Gaurang by Gaurang Shah and Bailou by Bappaditya Biswas; personalities as colourful as the sarees they design.

Mira, the charming and eloquent mastermind behind Vaya has been working closely with weavers in Maheshwar for over 20 years. When she created Vaya in 2010, it was with the aim of preserving the master craftsmanship of the Maheshwari and Chanderi weaves while infusing them with an urban aesthetic that would find favour with those looking for sarees that were both dignified yet undeniably stylish.

Gaurang works with weavers from five Indian states. From the decadent Kanjeevaram to the stately Uppada, his creations, like his design aesthetic, are larger than life. A Lakme Fashion Week favourite, Gaurang’s creations are inspired by nature and infused with a life of their own.

Completing the trio is Bappaditya, a man dedicated to preserving the art of handloom weaving across the country. He works with Bengal’s weavers to create sarees that preserve the heritage of this art form while experimenting with textures and patterns that resonate with the pace of city life.

With three unique perspectives, the unique showcase featuring over 800 sarees will dazzle and push the boundaries of your preconceptions. In this new avatar, the saree will find favour with women across demographics. From formal office wear and Sunday luncheon sarees that make a statement to festive outfits that shine and mesmerise, each collection reverberates with a love for the art of the handwoven saree. Preserving our illustrious weaving heritage with designs that are both rooted in culture and draped in modernity, each saree becomes more than simply six metres of woven cloth; it becomes a voice that sings of who we were and who we are.

On: February 17, 4 pm to 7 pm; February 18 and 19, 10 am to 7 pm
At: Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda.

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