This upcycled green Kanjivaram silk sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated by Tejaswini Sontakke to the Sari Bank, from her grandmother's collection.
''Creating this saree was a challenge. I had used the borders and pallu on another sarI. The borders had been broad so the remaining fabric was too narrow. In other words, I needed to add 18 inches to the breadth of the saree to make it 44 inches. So I added green yet another donation and bought a new border. I think the experiment was successful!'' says Roy.
“My tryst with upcycling saris is paradoxically linked with loss. My sister, Yashodhara, left behind a legacy of coveted saris. She had impeccable taste,” says Roy. After gifting some saris, Roy began to salvage and restore others. "The challenge of integrating disparate elements into a seamless whole excites me. I choose fabric to complement each sari individually. And in that, my eternal quest for beauty and perfection have found their niche.”
A Sari Bank now welcomes contributions. So each sari gives at least three times: once when its donated, then when its upcycled, and finally, when proceeds of sales are donated to benefit a local hospice, Shanti Avedna Sadan, Mumbai.
Green and Cream
Dry clean only.
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