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This upcycled silk brocade sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated by Vanita Grover Rajpal to the Sari Bank.
"It was mustard with green and purple peacocks on the body but the pallav had pink ones which was jarring to me. So I separated the pallav from the body and replaced it a complementary textile in the very same green and purple," 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.
Mustard, Green and Gold
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