Pick from Chanderis, Kotas and more at The Saree Festival’s Summer Showcase
Amidst the din of well-meaning efforts to celebrate and revive the Indian drape, The Saree Festival is one to pick out and take notice. There is such a thing as overkill, after all. But Red Earth has played its cards right by hosting annual festivals in metros across India, over the past two years. For the first time, the organisation holds a summer showcase in the run up to the main festival, typically held in October or just before the festive season. “There is this misconception that saris are not ideal for warmer months. We wanted to show people that saris actually work well all year round. And that’s the reason behind the summer showcase,” says Himanshu Verma of Red Earth.
The saris on offer are categorised under Festive, Everyday and Vintage. Under Festive, expect to find Chanderis, Kota dorias in pure zari and cotton Benara-sis. ‘Everyday’ will see you choosing between linens by brands, Nadiya Paar and Galang Gabaan and khadis by Love For The Loom.
“One trend we’ve been noticing recently is the sudden surge in the popularity of linen saris. While I’m not a fan of it, I guess it has a certain novelty attached to it, which makes it appealing,” shares Himanshu. Vintage drapes include Begumpuri weaves from West Bengal, Ilkals from Bagalkot, and mekhela chadors from Assam.
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