Bring back the old weaves
Leading up to National Handloom Day on August 7, which will be marked by an event Woven 2017 – A Walk of Fashion, actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu started a campaign on social media asking women to post photographs giving a contemporary twist to their mom’s saris. Samantha sported her mother’s green sari with an edgy white shirt-blouse with bell sleeves. Enthusiastic young women followed suit.
Designers who’ve been consistently working with handlooms have an obsession with old saris; an obsession driven by passion for vintage weaves. Reviving forgotten motifs may bring in exclusivity and fetch higher price for a sari but there’s also a story of craftsmanship. Designers disclose how they often ask, even plead with their clients to source heirloom saris and try to recreate them.