This upcycled sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated to the Sari Bank. "Can you believe this was a printed-silk cream coloured sari from Bengal, with a deep blue border. To my eyes, the print on the body was not in harmony with the border. So I replaced the body with navy blue ikat cotton to match the blue of the border," 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.
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