This upcycled sari, designed by Joy Bimal Roy, was donated to the Sari Bank. "This emerald green Banarasi silk saree with gold motifs and border was donated by my friend Ava Verma. It belonged to her mother Silloo Captain. I didn't much care for the border so I covered it with a gold border of my choice. I experimented with the pallav and added a cream fabric with woven emerald green motifs and no zari. The saree certainly looks unusual,'' 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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