WITH the finest fabrics sourced from across the country, coupled with techniques such as pen kalamkari applique work, aari embroidery and hand painting, city-based S Studio’s ‘wearable art’ collection will be showcased at an exhibition-cum-sale tomorrow at Rutland Gate. “Our hand-painted saris from West Bengal are done on soft matt silk, which are durable and yet drapes like a dream,” says Subhashini Srinivasan, the proprietor. Explaining the hand painting process, she says, “Professional artists paint directly on the silk, just like they would on canvas.”
Studio S, an online store, was launched about a year ago with the aim to make designer saris affordable without compromising on quality. “I wanted to do designer saris in good quality fabrics that is good for everyday wear,” says Srinivasan, adding that she went around the country to source the fabrics directly from the weavers, to ensure quality. “We sell mainly online and through exhibitions like these,” Srinivasan explains.
Talking about the saris in this collection, she says she has brought together different fabrics in a single design, to create a unique piece. “The tussar and raw silks are made more beautiful with the pen kalamkari applique work. The matka silks have aari embroidery and cut work, while the silk kotas and organzas come with brocade borders and hand block printing,” she explains. Srinivasan also has plans of setting up a boutique in the city soon.
Rs 3,000 onwards. At Rutland Gate Studio, from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Details: 9840476171