Luxury handloom sari label, Gaurang comes to Bangalore. Set in an old bungalow in a busy bylane of Lavelle Road, it is the brainchild of award winning fashion and textile designer Gaurang Shah. The store houses an elegant collection of saris, from khadi and kota to Kanjeevaram and Benarasi silks set across two floors.
Heart behind beauty
But Gaurang is not only about design and beauty. Every sari with the Gaurang label is completely made by hand. “There is not a single piece in my collection made by a power loom,” Shah reveals. He works with a total of 500 weavers stationed across the country with around 40 weavers in Hyderabad alone – it’s no surprise Andhra saris feature heavily on the shelves. On entering, we are shown a Pochampally with cotton threads of red, black and green woven together to make for a simple yet elegant piece. The next room stores a beautiful collection of Coimbatore cotton saris in varying colours and handprints. An exquisite selection of Dhaka saris too find place on the shelves here.
We are then shown a tie and dye bandhani sari with a sunshine yellow body with deep red specks, well complemented by a pure dull gold zari border. An array of tussars, Chanderis and khadis share space with Maheswaris and organza silks, some laden with gorgeous Kalamkari prints.
On the first floor are the more exquisite range of saris, including a Veda sari – made from khadi with the Vedas woven into the fabric in contrasting red and mustard yellow (Rs.1.1 lakhs). Of the Upadda silks, we were impressed by a midnight blue number with forest green motifs.
A separate room is dedicated to Kanjeevaram and Paithani silks, and includes an elaborate silk number crafted with pure gold threads with motifs made from pure silver (Rs 3 lakh). Perhaps the most valuable is a bright orange and gold Paithani creation, which took them over two years to complete (Rs 4.6 lakhs). Gaurang also stocks stoles and dupattas.
`750 upwards. Details: 9535793217