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    TRS is back, with a talk and showcase of India’s favourite textile

    Started by textile expert, Kausalya Satyakumar in collaboration with Ally Mathan and Apoorva Sadanand, The Registry of Saris (TRS) returns with a talk-cum-sale, after its first edition, that focused on the Parsi Gara. This time, the trio hopes to shift focus from the ornate Gara to the humble organic cotton and muslin saris. “Cotton is where our roots lie. And I thought it was extremely important to address it this early on our journey at The Registry of Saris,” explains Satyakumar, adding, “Cotton is woven in every state of India. And with each state, the kind of cotton is different and the weaves are different. It’s really fascinating.”
    This time around, Satyakumar and her team have picked two speakers, each with a wealth of knowledge and renowned for their work in their respective fields. The first is Rajib Debnath, a sixth generation muslin weaver, who is sought after by fashion houses like Chanel, Gucci, and Bollywood celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. “Rajeeb lives in a remote little village called Kalna in West Bengal, that is really difficult to access. It’s sad that all these European and American designers know his name, but the average Indian does not,” says Satyakumar.
    Debnath will be talking about the history of muslin jamdhani weaving, techniques involved, challenges, motifs used and more. His collection, available for sale at the event will include a fine selection of stoles and dupattas, apart from a handful of saris. “As muslin saris are extremely expensive, we requested him to bring smaller articles that are more affordable.” she reveals.
    The second speaker is Pollachi-based Vijayalakshmi Nachiyar of Ethicus, a farm-to-fashion brand that makes eco-conscious garments. Favoured by the likes of designer, Donna Karan, who stopped off at their store for a brief visit during her tour of India last year, Ethicus saris that will be showcased and on sale at the event are from their latest collection, Ballad of Blossom. Taking inspiration from English flowers, letters from the Tamil script have been incorporated as weaves, to bring something unique to the table. “The idea is to get people to talk about saris, about sustainability and the lives of the weavers. People think that handloom saris are not meant to be expensive, but it’s quite the opposite. The amount of effort and care that goes into handcrafted products are far more valuable,” says Nachiyar, who will be talking about the work the processes involved, right from spinning, ginning to dyeing and more.
    At 13th Floor, M G Road, 10.30 am to 4 pm (June 17), B-14 Epsilon Villas, Yemalur, 10.30 am onwards (June 18). Details:
    facebook.com/TheRegistryOfSaris

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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