This upcycled Kanjivaram silk sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated by Vanita Grover Rajpal to the Sari Bank. "It was vibrant peacock blue with an orange border. The sari was not in good condition, but I salvaged three metres of the handwoven silk. I removed the orange border, and was lucky to find a Banarasi brocade of exactly the same colour. So I combined the two and added a plain gold border, and a green edge. The result is gorgeous, don't you think?!" 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.
Blue and Gold
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