The Registry of Saris brings the Indian garment into the spotlight
The need to reacquaint Indian women with the six-yard drape has never been felt more strongly than it is today. And thanks to the efforts of sari enthusiasts such as Ally Mathan, with the 100 Saree Pact, women across the country have opened their minds to the beauty of the traditional garment. Taking off from where the pact left off, Kausalya Satyakumar, a textile expert, has teamed up with Mathan and CEO of Mathan’s company, Areev, Apoorva Sadanand to set up The Registry of Saris. The initiative seeks to create an interest in saris through talks, exhibitions and sales.
“We felt that there was a need to look into the history of heritage Indian textiles, how each textile came to be, its influences, motifs used and their significance, etc,” begins Satyakumar, who got things off to a start earlier this week, with a talk on the Parsi Gara by Ashdeen Lilaowala. A young Mumbai-based designer, Lilaowala is known for reviving the ancient craft. “It’s only when people know more about the craft, techniques and the work that has gone into each sari that they truly appreciate it,” says the designer.
The trio also plans to build a website with a selection of curated saris, and organise weaver engagements in the city. “We will identify weavers from across India and give them some design intervention and monetary help. They will then come to the city, visit one or two homes, where the saris will be sold,” reveals Satyakumar. Their first weaver engagement, a collaboration with Dastakari Haat, is the Gamcha Project and will be held on April 22 and 23. The West Bengal-based weaver will be bringing down a selection of gamcha saris, a fabric used for making towels.
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo