SANJAY GARG is a man on a mission. Between shows in Hong Kong and Lucknow, he has managed to squeeze in two days for an artistic outing in Bangalore this weekend. At the heritage villa that is GallerySke, he will present a couple of collections for the first time in the city. After all, Bangalore understands his vision, he says, proceeding to describe the three shuttle weaving and interlocking weft that have resulted in saris with a strong architectural connect. It is a homage to the simple South Indian temples built before the Mughal period, and though, ironically, he is yet to visit one, he knows what he is about. Having shown at both Lakme and Amazon fashion weeks last year, the designer who is originally from Rajasthan says this is his 2016 story. It will feature both the kadwa brocade technique and the mushroo collection from the Sanjay Garg Signature Line. There will be over 40 looks and scores of examples of both fine weaving and tailoring techniques. “I want to change the way we look at fashion and handloom,” he begins.
Garg’s is a success story that has inspired other designers to celebrate craftsmanship. In six years, he has expanded to 450 looms with 900 people. While colour—bold blues, vermilion and pinks—is his story, he has also experimented with charcoal. “I am tired of cliches and cater to people around the world,” he says proudly, about his lehengas and the choga (long-sleeved robe). As for his Raw Mango saris, you will agree they are sensuous yet wearable and an addiction you wouldn’t want to cure. February 27-28, 11 am to 7 pm. Rs 4,500 – Rs 1.75 lakh. At #2 Berlie Street, Langford Town. Details: 080 41213161
— Rosella Stephen