Abraham & Thakore are the newest additions to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent exhibit. With its four-million-plus-pieces of cultural representations from across the globe, the iconic museum is a fitting home to this particular sari (see right). Part of the duo’s first-ever ramp presentation for Spring 2010, the black drape, worn with a tunic tucked i n and cinched together with a leather belt, is, in the designers’ words, a commentary on the social environment of the country at present. Any Indian will tell you that black is not the most auspicious colour, and to make a sari, to style it above the ankle, is a gesture that’s almost iconoclastic. However, the twain have made it look beautiful and modern at the same time. The sari channels thousands of years of India’s cultural development and history, and what Abraham & Thakore have done has only made it all the more relevant. Here’s to a new look towards India at the V&A.
David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore Abraham & Thakore Rickshaw Sari from their Spring 2010 show