Be it red-car­pet looks or bridal cou­ture — re­vamp­ing and upcycling is mak­ing waves in fash­ion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Snigdha Ahuja


Wear­ing your mother’s re­stored bro­cade du­patta to a wed­ding? Get­ting a lehenga stitched us­ing your grand­mother’s vin­tage sari? Know­ingly or un­know­ingly, you’re a part of the upcycling process, which means re­cy­cling a used prod­uct to cre­ate a new one of higher qual­ity and value.

This trend, part of the sus­tain­able fash­ion, has been en­dorsed by celebs, such as ac­tors Kalki Koech­lin, Emma Wat­son. In­ter­na­tion­ally, de­sign­ers like Stella McCart­ney and la­bels like Re­for­ma­tion are known to fol­low this model of cre­at­ing ul­tra­fash­ion­able looks.

While re­spon­si­ble fash­ion is a big buzz­word the world over, In­dia has caught up, too, with sev­eral run­way shows ded­i­cated to sus­tain­able de­sign pro­cesses. “The gar­ment in­dus­try is the sec­ond big­gest pol­lu­tant to­day. So upcycling is im­por­tant,” says de­signer Amit Aggarwal. “It’s about how to use ex­ist­ing re­sources in the best of ways. This in­cludes us­ing left­overs ob­tained by the process of man­u­fac­tur­ing clothes and us­ing them to cre­ate a new prod­uct. We use pa­tola — its vin­tage, torn and with­ered ver­sion — and make some­thing con­tem­po­rary out of it: an ex­am­ple of upcycling.” Upcycling is back in wed­ding­wear too. Aakshi Julka Bai­jal, a busi­ness­woman who re­cently got mar­ried, says, “I went for upcycling by us­ing my mom’s sari, which my dadi (grand­mother) gave her. I turned it into a lehenga for my mehendi. Apart from the sus­tain­abil­ity fac­tor, since my dadi is no more, I wanted to do this as a trib­ute to her.”

De­signer Payal Khand­wala, who has cre­ated up­cy­cled ac­ces­sories us­ing left­over fab­ric, says: “As an in­dus­try, we need to pro­pose a cul­ture where we buy less, and re­shape how we shop. I wore a vin­tage bro­cade lehenga to my wed­ding. I never wanted to buy some­thing that I wouldn’t wear again.”

We use pa­tola — its vin­tage, torn and with­ered ver­sion — and make some­thing con­tem­po­rary out of it DE­SIGNER I went for upcycling by us­ing my mom’s old sari, which my dadi (grand­mother) gave her at the time of her wed­ding AAKSHI JULKA BAI­JAL, BUSI­NESS­WOMAN


Kalki Koech­lin


Dakota John­son in an or­ganic silk tulle dress with crys­tals and re­cy­cled brass em­broi­dered cups for Green car­pet awards in Mi­lan


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