It’s not often that you can pick up a sari in a weave that is over 2,200 years old. But at the Crafts Council of India’s exhibition of handmade saris and jewellery, you can. Faisal Quraishi, of Aurangabad-based Himroo Fabrics, is bringing down traditional paithani and himroo saris. “The himroo is a special weave that produces intricate designs, and dates back to 14 AD, while the paithani is even older, dating back to 2 BC—the Romans used to import it,” shares Quraishi, explaining that the paithani sari is labour intensive—taking between two months and two years to complete. Expect silks and cottons featuring traditional motifs like peacocks, along with inspiration taken from the Ajanta and Ellora caves, in bright shades of yellow, aubergine and reds (Rs 7,000 onwards).
“We try to feature new designers every time. In this edition, the 21 participants include some crowd favourites—like Nilambari saris, who are bringing down their Benarasi weaves—and new names to the city. I’m especially looking forward to Abdul Rahim Khatri, who is doing a modern interpretation of ajrak on saris and dupattas, and Guwahati-based Yarn Glory, which works with North East techniques to create eri silk stoles,” says Bela Khaleeli, joint treasurer, CCI.
And if you want some ethnic haute couture, don’t miss Shashikant Naidu’s collection with kalamkari. Worn by actresses like Tabu and Samantha, the Hyderabad-based designer says his saris, tunics and dupattas will feature bold interpretations of traditional murals, besides a selection of floral motifs and a few abstracts. “I’m known for my blouses, so each sari will come with a customised blouse,” he says. The range begins from Rs 12,500.
Today-tomorrow, at My Fortune, from 10 am to 7 pm. Details: 28110101
—Surya Praphulla Kumar