Mumbai: Ensemble and Tina Tahiliani, present the Sartorial Sari- a celebration and showcase of handcrafted saris from across India, at the flagship Ensemble store at Lion’s Gate on the 25th of July 2013.
Ensemble has always taken pride in promoting craftsmanship and textiles. Through this showcase Ensemble aims to highlight the sari, the most elegant of garments. The sari is versatile and stylish, a garment that Indian women have an emotional attachment with, but unfortunately, one that is losing relevance in today’s times. A firm believer in the beauty and practicality of the sari, Ensemble is keen to encourage women to continue wearing the sari. In keeping with their ethos, Ensemble is partnering with Raw Mango, Potliarts and Vidhi Singhania, all labels that work with hand-woven textiles.
Tina Tahiliani, Executive Director, Ensemble says, “India has a rich heritage of textiles and craftsmanship. It is essential that we support artisans at every step and help them promote their beautifully handcrafted textiles. At Ensemble we strive to offer our clients, collections, that are striking and of the finest quality. Saris have always been a favourite among Indian women and this showcase of the ‘Sartorial Sari’ will highlight Indian craft, design and technique.”
About the labels:
Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg for Ensemble
Raw Mango, is a contemporary hand-woven textile brand by Sanjay Garg, which creates products using traditional craftsmanship. He will be showcasing the Berang collection at the ‘Sartorial Sari’. The collection draws inspiration from the rustic beauty of the dot-drop phentiya pattern, which is a popular resist-printed fabric of Akola.
The layout in the Saris from the Berang collection has been deliberated in a way that minimal blocks have been used on the border and pallu. The fabric used is fine, hand-woven silk from West Bengal, which is easy to drape and has an innate elegance to it. Inspired by the nuances of the fine arts of Akola, Raw Mango has created a design alphabet, which is indigenous and contemporary. The colour palette of the collection is kora, neel and seyahi.
Potliarts for Ensemble
Potliarts, is a venture dedicated to original, high-quality hand woven textiles from ‘Roots of India’ by Rta Chisthi. They have curated the Qalb collection exclusively for Ensemble. Qalb means ‘heart’ and is an honest, deeply-felt collection, which combines traditional weaving methods with a modern-day sensibility. The saris can be worn to work, for evenings-out and to weddings.
The Qalb collection comprises of organic luxury khadi saris in classic styles inspired by retro Bollywood; light cotton Kanchipuram saris; Kerala saris; cotton Paithani saris; Shantiniketan batik saris in ethnic colours; twisted silk intricate Benarasi saris; and light silk blends in a colour palette that is appropriate for autumn.
Vidhi Singhania for Ensemble
Vidhi Singhania is best known for her significant contribution towards reviving the traditional kota fabric, to make it contemporary. At the ‘Sartorial Sari’, she will be showcasing her latest collection of kota saris. The collection has a vibrant colour palette inspired by bright jewel tones, and the saris are set with discreet embellishments. Parrots and elephants, ferns and flowers, woven jacquard, geometric patterns and water lilies are all recurring motifs.The exquisite collections of hand-woven saris by Raw Mango, Potliarts and Vidhi Singhania will be available at Ensemble on the 25th of July 2013 at the flagship store at Lion’s Gate.