This upcycled black and white cotton sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated by Savitha Suri to the Sari Bank.
"It is a Bengali black and white woven cotton saree. I felt it was attractive as it was, so I just added a plain red dupion silk edge to the existing narrow black border. That transformed the saree completely," 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.
White and Black
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