One word … stunning!
While working on the film Raavan, designer Sabyasachi was struck by the beauty of the shorter sari as worn by the tribal women of Madhya Pradesh.
“It was easy to navigate around in,” he says. He displayed his own take on this at Couture Week a few months later. Not only did he feel it made the sari look trendier, but also allowed women to show their shoes. (“Today women spend so much of their budget on shoes.”)
To make the sari even more user-friendly, he inserted gussets, so all you had to do was wrap and wear. Now, though, he’s thinking of removing the gussets and going back to the classic drape. (“It will make the sari less gimmicky.”) He doesn’t feel it is correct to call the ‘chhotu’ a Sabya classic yet, as he believes it takes at least six years for an innovation on a traditional dress to really take off. But be ready for Sabya’s chhotu sari as a permanent fixture of his collection.