Conceived as a coming together of the musical and storytelling traditions around the most primaeval of all Indian garments, the saree, Shringaara, a 2 day women’s collective celebrates personal stories and memories.
As a slow design studio that creates handcrafted sarees, we have had the unique privilege of having women tell us deeply personal stories of the sarees they own and wear. Woven with memories, occasions and relationships, their stories have inspired many of our designs and reminded us that for women, a saree is not something they simply wear but something they cherish and deeply connect with. It was from this experience that we were inspired to bring women together to exchange stories and memories.
The showcase starts at 11 am on 27th July at Saptaparni bookstore, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. In the second half of the day, from 4.30pm - 6 pm, over high tea, Kavya and Mohan, stellar storytellers and Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy will do a storytelling and music ensemble centred around poets from weaving traditions, and around lesser known folk tales around sarees. Shikha will hold the space for all the women who would like to share their saree stories in an interactive session.
As a handcrafted studio, we often go back to a time where life was slower about people and relationships. We truly believe that when women get together and exchange stories, songs and memories, they draw strength from each other and the shared experience of being a woman. It is this thought that was the starting point of this 2-day long soiree. This is both a showcase and sale of a limited edition line of handcrafted sarees and a celebration of songs and stories that echo with women.
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Ever seen an intricately hand drawn kalamkaari and been mesmerized by its fluid lines and sharp details? It might not surprise you then to know that in ancient times, kalamkaari artisans were known as Jadupatuas or Duari Patuas. This can be translated to ‘magical painters’.
The red setting sun casts a haze over the Bharatapuzha river as we cross into Pallakaad, Kerala. We are on our way back after a fulfilling, tired day, well spent with our weaver Raju who weaves dreams on our Kerala kasavu sarees.