Anuradha Pegu; Naturally Anuradha
“I am from the Miri tribe (also called Mishing tribe) and, as far back as I can remember, I have been working on looms. In our culture, it is mandatory we know weaving or no one will marry us. We learn weaving before we go to school. Everyone at our village weaves,” laughs Anuradha Pegu. The 47 yr outdated from Assam brings a set that she describes as all pure. Therefore her model title, Naturally Anuradha!
In 2016, Anuradha confirmed her work on the Lakme Trend Week. “They were looking for original craftspeople from the Northeast and LFW’s fashion curator Gautam Vazirani, who was on a scouting mission, came home and picked me,” she says.
Anuradha brings her beauties to Coimbatore. “I am bringing saris, dupattas, Mekhla Chador, stoles and readymade blouses,” she says. Whereas the blouses are free dimension, the saris are of cotton, cotton silk and pure silk. “The prices of saris range from ₹9,500 to ₹80,000. The expensive ones are of Muga and hence they cost so much,” she explains. The Mekhla Chadors begin at ₹23,000 and go as much as ₹75,000 as effectively.
Talking of the standard motifs she makes use of in her designs, Anuradha says they embody animals, birds, flowers and leaves. “The diamond motif is very typical of our tribe. And it is also very similar to motifs used in Thai weaving,” she says.
Mridulika Madiraju; Samasta
A flurry of beautiful sari photos arrive in a WhatsaApp message from Mridulika Madiraju of Samasta. “We are coming to Coimbatore for the first time. We will have embroidered saris on Tussar silk from various parts of India. There is Kantha from Bengal, embroidered saris from Kurch, Gujrat, Parsi hand-embroidered saris also known as Gara embroidery… Delicate embroideries, smart prints, motifs inspired by Nature, especially in our Chanderis in silk cotton and pure silk,” says the 41 yr outdated. There might be Maheshwaris and linens with floral prints, which she says are excellent for pageant gifting. “These saris are priced in the range of ₹3500 till ₹14,000,” she says. Mridulika is the daughter of Arundhati Menon, the founding father of the enduring Shilpi in Chennai (which has since modified fingers). “My mother helps me curate and put together the collection for Samasta and we work with craftspeople across the country. We work with a lot of young weavers,” she factors out. Mridulika can also be bringing brass and glass beaded necklaces. “They will complement the outfits and are great gifts. I am also getting hand-crafted potlis that are embroidered beautifully.”
Somya Tambi; Meekhalio
When moms and different ladies of a household lovingly hand stitched easy vests for new child infants, they embellished it with nice creativity. Within the Rajasthani dialect, these outfits are referred to as Meekhalio. Loads of feelings went into them they usually have been handed down from one era to the subsequent.
“Meekhalio is an ode to that unconditional love of those women,” says 35-year-old Somya Tambi. His present undertaking is with Chanderi saris the place custom, profound simplicity and wonder have been given an added dimension of modernity. “We want handlooms to evolve and connect to the urban population. Otherwise they will die out,” says Somya. So he and his crew experimented with completely different methods and weaves to see what extra they might carry to the beloved Chanderi. “We introduced yarn made from soya beans into the Chanderi to reinvent them.”
Somya explains how the soya yarn has isothermal properties that maintain the material cooler in summers and hotter in winters. Its tensile power is best and holds color very well too, he says. Nevertheless it was a problem to persuade the standard weavers, he confesses. “They were not ready to move away from what they were doing. It took a lot of hard work and persuasion,” he remembers.” However the upside is that, within the cluster they work with, the youthful weavers are realising they’re creating one thing distinctive and new. And that they will earn more money. My grasp weaver is 31 years outdated and the others in his crew are as younger as 21.”
Meekhalio’s saris have signature borders which are each refined and fashionable. The costs vary from ₹7,500 to round ₹20,000.