Puja fashion 2019: Sort your festive wardrobe with handwoven wonders from Sutaira
Are you always in two minds while shopping for handwoven apparel, often doubting whether they are actually handcrafted or not? If you’re nodding in agreement, then head straight to Sutaira by DW Studios, a fabulous stop at Salt Lake CJ Block Sector 2, to spot and pick some genuine pieces of handwoven wonders.
Run by Asesh Sengupta and Rituparna Bhattacharya, this enterprise supports more than 40 weavers in the Nadia district of Bengal, and has some amazing pieces of nine yards in authentic weaves of khadi, linen, tussar, cotton and muslin.
“None of the saris here are machine-made. Each piece that you buy from here has hours of labour put in by weavers, and we take pride in mentioning in our billing, the amount of time that it has taken to create your piece of cloth,” tells Rituparna. What’s most interesting is that in order to keep everything natural, they use natural dyes made out of flower petals.
So, you get your shades of red from Hibiscus petals, khayer or manjistha tree bark, your greens come from banana leaves, the yellows are derived from turmeric, while the blues hail from Aparajita flower petals, and at times, indigo. Black and grey are extracted from charcoal.
This year, they have a variety of handloom collections including saris and kurtis ranging from bright hues of red, maroon and yellow to pastel shades of peach, pink and lime green. “We have the classic cotton collection called Shaluk that is made from hand-spun yarns. There are also lemongrass linen saris using lemon peels.
The tussar saris that we are making are created after several rounds of polishing, to remove the extra fibres that lend them a smooth lustrous fall,” says Rituparna. You can pair the saris with mismatched tops or kurtis to lend a very Boho-chic look to these traditional weaves, just the way we have done in these pictures. Check them out and have your pick!
Hair and make-up: Abhijit Paul
Model: Dimple Acharya
Accessories: Avama Jewellers
Styling: Sumit Sinha
Location: Sutaira, DW Studios
Pictures: Satwik Paul