#nowtrending: Saris done differently
Our traditional sari has seen evolution over the ages, but mostly, in terms of draping. But now, the sari has turned a new leaf, thanks to experimentation in fabrics that is giving it a modern edge. From engineered fabrics like steel wool and metallic yarn to copper silk and luxe Cashmere — the drape is looking to the future.
Take for example, actor Sonam Kapoor’s denim sari designed by Masaba Gupta. “Rhea (Sonam’s sister, stylist) called me and said ‘let’s do a denim sari!’ and that’s how the idea was born. So, we decided to do Japaneseinspired pants with abstract Ganesha print. Even if the fabric is being re-interpreted, the point is to not make it gimmicky. Comfort and functionality is important too,” Masaba says. “The idea is to use inspiration from the past and go beyond saris in silk, cotton, chiffon. This the reason I used pure Cashmere to create drapes that are revamped for the future and practical to wear,” says designer Tanira Sethi.
I decided to experiment with Cashmere because it’s about taking inspiration from the past and re-interpreting the fabric for the future TANIRA SETHI, DESIGNER
I used steel yarn for the sari. While reviving handloom is one end of the spectrum, many are also focussing on re-engineering surfaces and materials RIMZIM DADU, DESIGNER
The point is to not make such a fabric, like denim, look gimmicky. And also, to give the wearer the freedom to re-use and revamp it in their own way MASABA GUPTA, DESIGNER
Sonam posted this picture wearing a denim sari