Marking his solo debut in the national Capital, textile revivalist and conservationist designer Sailesh Singhania is all set to unlock his treasure trove of heritage handlooms. To be held in Delhi on August 22, 2019, at The Claridges Hotel, the exposition features antique collection of handwoven sarees painstakingly crafted by clusters of weavers from different parts of the country.
The collection features a combination of age-old techniques like the Jamdani, combining it with Khadi, the fabric of our nation and embellishing it with intricate motifs inspired by modern Japanese art, thereby bringing a plethora of cultures and traditions together and culminating them into one final creation. Comprising opulent whites and enigmatic gold threads, each saree was woven painstakingly over a laborious period of over 8 months to match the unparalleled beauty of our muse.
There exists in nature, a certain type of harmony, beyond the confines of human belief and within those of the spirit. The royal Banarasi silk, is assiduously woven with motifs inspired by the sun and the moon, the natural forces upon which life sustains and society thrives. The motifs embody nature and its interaction with the human race, like an orchestrated symphony of life in the weave. The colours are a celebration of summer freshness, a coalescence of opulent whites and neutral tones intertwined with enigmatic gold threads.
The Kanjeevaram silk sarees, that have remained a constant in every closet since the Chola and Pallava dynasty, are also revisited through this collection, celebrating the identity of the fabric with a modern outlook, tapping into its potential without tampering with its ethnicity.
Our efforts lie in creating a sustainable world, wherein our artisans can thrive and are celebrated. This collection is a testament of our efforts and we strive to bring to the fore, the sheer talent that our weavers possess.
“We belive in design that combines traditional techniques with contemporary flair using a wide palette of colours. Each of the finest , intricate and exquisite sarees take a laborious and painstaking 4 months to 1 year to get off the loom,” says Sailesh Singhania.