Designer Paramita Banerjee's latest collection weaves history

Well-known celebrity designer Paramita Banerjee tells us about her exclusive new winter collection
Designer Paramita Banerjee's collection
Designer Paramita Banerjee's collection

Celebrated fashion designer Paramita Banerjee, known for her signature work in handloom weaves and worn by celebrities including Nandita Das, SHubha Mudgal and Vidya Balan, has come up with her exquisite winter collection, aptly called the Winter Weaves.  Paramita, who silently works round the clock to preserve the old Indian art of weaving, not only promotes handloom, but each of the fabrics used in her collections are also made to order, conceived by her.

<em>A jamdani on matka weave with stripes in the pleats by Paramita Banerjee</em>
A jamdani on matka weave with stripes in the pleats by Paramita Banerjee

For this winter, Banerjee, whose label in nine-year-old now, chose primarily saris. “Saris are now increasingly a preferred choice for the young and stylish since one can drape them now in a thousand different ways and pair them with all sorts of interesting blouses,” feels Paramita, whose trademark anti-fit blouse tops are a hit with the young and old equally.

The winter collection comprises heritage pieces of nine yards since Banerjee has revived older jamdani motifs, blending them with contemporary styles on Tussar weaves. “There are pure jamdani weave and butis woven into tussar with pure cotton threads. We have created hajar buti saris and you can wear it to any occasion, from a party to a wedding during winter,” says Paramita.

<em>Renowned designer Paramita Banerjee</em>
Renowned designer Paramita Banerjee

Indeed, the collection looks resplendent. The designer ahs used a lot of eathry tones including shades of rusty red, tomato red, olive green, pewter grey, indigo blue and natural tussar colours like ecru and beige. We particularly heart an exquisite, pewter grey tussar with red butis all over it. A banana green pure tussar interwoven with tested zari in the anchal area looks gorgeous for an evening wear, too. “The entire textile is a piece of art and the motifs don’t overpower or jump out of the story.

“There’s also this brick red, matka woven with golden sikka (coin shape) buti that can be worn to wedding or a party with muted blouse top if one wants to give it a smart yet traditional look,” advises Paramita. A jamdani on a matka weave with stripes in the pleats has a very trendy look and is surely for those who like saris draped in unconventional styles.

<em>A beautiful hajar buti weave by Paramita Banerjee</em>
A beautiful hajar buti weave by Paramita Banerjee

“One should go for anti-fit blouse tops to lend a smart look to the sari. Buy washed gold or silver woven zari blouses which you can mix and match with a lot of saris. The best part about the anti-fit blouses is that they are not restrictive and can be paired with your culottes, trousers or skirts, too,” adds the petite designer.

Apart from the saris, she has also an upcycle collection of jackets and kimonos. “The upcycle collection is extremely popular among our customers. The clothes and accessories are made from the leftover pieces of our previous collections, thereby, making each piece unique. You get prêt pieces at cost of couture. We have jholas, jackets, diaries and kurtas made from them and the tiniest piece of waste cloth is used to make buttons. It’s a nice way of remembering our past creations,” smiles Paromita.

You can check her collections by appointment only:  033 4067 4107

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