This upcycled sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, began with a border donated to the Sari Bank. "I had this border from my mother's Bengal cotton saree lying with me for ages. Farah Dada donated a narrow red zari border which combined perfectly with Ma's. I bought a cream Chanderi cotton-silk with delicate embroidered motifs for the body, and a coordinating red Banarasi brocade for the pallu. To my delight all the disparate elements came together perfectly and made a harmonious whole," says Roy.
“My tryst with upcycling saris began when 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.”
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.
Cream and Red
Dry clean only
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