Jun 28 2008
Nothing complicated here, a simple beautiful saree on a simple beautiful face of a simple beautiful woman.
Jun 28 2008
I really enjoy examining saree designs by designers that are not strongly tied to India. By India, I don’t mean broad Indian subcontinent, but just India, the bollywood, the mumbai, the delhi and the surat and the design crowds in and around them.
They invariably introduce some subtle changes in the designs, sometimes they are reflective of the color choices that are common around them, sometime they are to respect the local customs and other times it reflects the symmetry they have learned in the surroundings around them.
For example, when I see some of the Batik work from Sri Lanka in a saree, it looks different and same way, when I see a saree with Pakistani influence, it looks “different” and distinctive.
I doubt that any of the main stream Indian designer will create a blouse that is shown here; it “covers” a lot; an Indian designer might consider it confining and hence will not incorporate it; a fashionable Indian person might look at this blouse design and complain that it is outdated and not modern enough. And both of them would be right!
While the saree design seeking public is still thinking about whether to wear saree below the navel and if so, how much below the navel, here is a design where an exposure to the navel is not the defining characteristic of the saree ensemble and that is refreshing.
There are several elements that I like here; large jewel as a part of the blouse design, different types of texture in the blouse, a matching purse, simplicity in the body of the saree, intricacies in the pallu of the saree.
I think a saree with a multiple blouse where one of the blouse is a noodle strap blouse with matching embroidery,another one is like the one shown here and a perhaps a third one with a brocade fabric would make this a great combination, no matter where you want to wear it and no matter which country you want to wear it in and no matter which party you want to wear it.
Jun 28 2008
The Times of India had an interesting article about saree last week:
Goddess Durga has eight hands, while Lakshmi and Saraswati have four each. Coincidence? Maybe not. I think it symbolises the fact that superwomen multitask. I can say from first-hand experience that on any given working day morning, an empowered woman regularly touches the limits of being a mere human. I, for one, pack lunch with my invisible third hand, set the pleats of the starched sari with the fourth — even as the visible two are engaged in bolting the back door. Ironically, once out in the street, my limbs get clipped. I end up having just one hand at my disposal, because the other is on a permanent assignment of holding up sari pleats. One would think that after all these years of going around wrapped in six yards of fabric, one would’ve mastered the art of sari wearing. But come the monsoon, the sari washes me down to the level of a novice. It happened again one fine morning — one charged out of house, holding up the umbrella, sari and bag — and lost some precious time because one had to wait for someone to come and open the gate and let one out.
It was about then that one started to wish that recently-deceased fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent would be reborn in India and redesign the sari. I don’t think our fashion gurus are ever going to get it right. If the fashion shows beamed on TV are representative, we only have designers who can look at a woman’s clothing through the eyes of a man. The guiding principle seems to be to uncover all that the sari has attempted to keep under wraps. Saint Laurent was unique in that he could see women from the inside as well. To quote a head seamstress with YSL, “Monsieur Saint Laurent detested constraints. He hated to see a woman impeded in her movements. He wanted that women must forget what they are wearing, feel supported yet unrestrained”. Saint Laurent called it “the total silence of clothing”. My only fear is that in the 20-odd years that it could take before the reincarnated designer gets to work on the sari, the women’s trousers that he so famously invented would have edged out the sari from our urban streets and workplaces.
The key part, if you missed it here is:
(for new designers) The guiding principle seems to be to uncover all that the sari has attempted to keep under wraps.
I think there is some truth to this complaint.
Jun 28 2008
Sari was launched in November 2002 as a project recycling saris into accessories to raise money for children in developing countries. The project has grown into an ethical label owned by Sital Haria and Sam Cook that represents their passion for combining good design with ethical values.
Sari launched its first women’s wear collection in June 2004, titled “Dream On” made exclusively from recycled saris. The capsule collection ranges from eclectic and outrageous ball skirts and quilted jackets to delicate and demure halter neck tops and dresses. The use of exquisite saris makes each garment unique and distinctive, whilst oozing flair, finesse and elegance. Pieces from the collection can be found at Koh Samui, Covent Garden, Junky Styling, Brick Lane or bought directly from our website.
The label has been endorsed by the Prime Minister and Mrs Blair, Princess Tamara Czartoryski-Bourbon and ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ actress Nina Wadia.
A limited collection of lampshades was introduced at Osprey, The Hyde in December 2004. Made from reclaimed wood and sari fabric, the elegant light pieces can also be bought directly from our website.
Sari continues to support international aid by donating 10% of its sales to a children’s charity.
Source Sari Couture About $350.
Jun 28 2008
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Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
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Liza Varma is a former Femina Miss India and well known model in Delhi. Today, she is a leading Fashion Choreographer with over 1000 shows to her credit in India and abroad. She is also a member of the Fashion Design Council of India and a Consultant with Shoot Talent Management. Her client list is the who’s who of Indian fashion industry.
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