The upcycled green and purple printed Bihar silk sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated by Srobona Das to the Sari Bank. ''The print was pretty, but the border and pallav didn't match at all. So I picked out a green printed fabric for the border and covered the old pallav with a silk Banarasi brocade fabric.'' 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.
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