Saaybana to host its annual exhibition and sale at Altamira Art Gallery
Saaybana-a boutique, born out of the collaboration of three friends, Debarati Gupta, Sonali Bhattacharya, Anushree Malhotra is all set to host its annual anniversary sale cum exhibition at Altamira Art Gallery from March 1-3. The exhibition will also feature a new stock from their latest spring-summer collection
Saaybana, located at Bompas Road, specialises in handcrafted materials and apparel made with hand woven fabric, such as cotton, linen, Khadi and Jamdani. “We mainly deal with sustainable fashion and try to promote handmade products made by the poor artisans who have been put out of work, after the machines took over,” says Anushree.
“Style or fashion shouldn’t just be about trends, but they should have a personal quotient too. I personally believe they should be comfortable and weather friendly,” suggests Anushree, who follows Anita Dongre and Sabyasachi Mukherji’s works.
The exhibition will have handmade toys, from Himachal Pradesh, made with crochet, with a starting of Rs 650 and upcycled jewellery made with cloth and beads, with a starting price of Rs 250. If you prefer to get your dresses tailored, you can also buy plenty of dress material in hand block printed Indigo or handspun khadi.
An ikkat dress in chrome yellow with Kantha work on the yoke, looked summery and bright, apt for the college goer while a Khadi cape top or blouse, seemed perfect to be paired with skirts or saris in summers. We found a handspun sari in powder blue with a hand-printed pallu in white. It can be your answer to the scorching heat of mid-May and June in Kolkata. If you prefer dresses, then a royal blue dress in Khadi with gamcha embellishments on the sleeves and pockets is the perfect combination of a young and playful look, no matter who wears it.
“My cuts are summery and layered with an Indo- western look, which is both easy-going and smart looking. I am not a designer but I love to experiment and I specially make clothes out of the Tokli, a pure weave fabric from Phulia,” says Debarati, co-founder of Saaybana. “You will find saris and dresses, to palazzos and jumpsuits, all made with Tokli at our exhibition,” she adds.
Sonali on the other hand, specialises in Kutch Saris and jewellery. A member of the Crafts Council of India, Sonali travels far and wide, and gets a variety of saris from different states- the Kotpad sari from Orissa is another addition by her, to the exhibition.
Catch the Saaybana anniversary exhibition cum sale at Altamira Art Gallery, 8A Lake View Road, from March 1-3, between 3pm to 8 pm.