Festivities are in the air.Indian festivals are a tool to bring back life to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm.While I am penning down my thoughts, can find myself already overwhelmed with the festive fervor around. What better way to celebrate our festivals than to be among family and friends. Lavish upon gifts and secure gifts. Talking of gifts nothing can beat the gift of six yards to the women in your family and friends. And if it’s a traditional weave from far and wide in our country, I promise you will never go wrong. Women nowadays are giving a lot of significance to regional and authentic textile weaves of our nation. But yes, procuring them from faithful sources remains a far cry.
But now you just have to keep your worries aside because the very diligent and expert team at Artisan Saga is doing just that, just for the six-yard lovers.
The intellect behind the very existence of Artisan Saga, Kaushik Rajani, and Seema Agrawal have proved themselves in just a short span of one and half years. At the outset, this husband and wife duo though not from the textile background but have always had a keen sense of rich heritage & culture. Kaushik, a fine administrator, with his natural love for travel and experience in IT sector, teamed with Seema’s grounding in construction, interior, and furniture design along with her artistic temperament & love for art and beauty, has proved to be an asset, evident in all their works.
Kaushik and Seema are directly involved in sourcing, designing and customising handwoven Sarees from the length and breadth of this country.
Upon asking about the USP of Artisan Saga, Seema quips,” Handpicking the best from the finest hand, we curate Handloom Sarees that are a classic expression of our rich tradition & culture, reflecting the wonder of our diversified weaves & styles, each with their distinctive character. All our Sarees are Hand-Woven in Pure Fabric.”
Artisan Saga as the name suggests is a tale for the lover of art & beauty, where the form, color & texture are interwoven and brought to life by the creative craftsmen through their inspiring work.
Artisan Saga curates classic Banarasi Weaves, Paithani & Patola Weaves in Cotton & Silk, both, Bandhani, Shibori, Dabu & Ajrakh Handblock Prints. To accessorize these beauties, they also curate Handcrafted Potlis & Clutch Bags, along with Silver & Real Stone Jewellery handcrafted by their in-house craftsmen. Also available are exclusive Handwoven Dupattas in Banarasi & Ikat Weaves & in vibrant hues of Bandhani.
It’s a matter of pride for me to have collaborated with Artisan Saga, one of the finest and genuine brands for handwoven, heirloom creations.
1.The first drape I am exhibiting here is a luxurious weave is Paithani from Maharashtra.
It is named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad, Maharashtra state where they are woven by hand. Made from a very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India. Paithani is characterized by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design.They are the requisite part of a bridal trousseau.The motives are inspired by figures in Ajanta Caves and are generally lotus flowers, peacock, parrot designs. These Paithanis in their vivacious hues are mesmerizing & even today in many households these are considered as a treasured heirloom that is passed on from generation to generation.
The beautiful kaleidoscope blue and green color saree draped by me is a delightful and a dream drape. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one color for weaving lengthwise and another for weaving widthwise.The border in a contrast of purple with chevron zari pattern and an elaborate, rich pallu with geometrical flowers is one of a kind saree. This saree is a dream possession for women who like the richness and exuberance of silk yet want the saree to retain its sophisticated look.
2.The second saree I got an opportunity to showcase is a Banarsi Tonchoi.
I don’t think Banarsi sarees require any introduction. They have been holding a significant place in every lady’s wardrobe since time immemorial. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The sarees are made of finely woven silk and are adorned with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.The sarees are often part of an Indian bride’s trousseau.All Saree wearers just have to have at least one Banarasi Silk Saree in their wardrobe.The beautiful leaf green Banarasi saree I am draping here is a
The beautiful leaf green Banarasi saree I am draping here is a tanchoi & has gold and pink paisleys intricately woven on it. A Banarasi when adorned enhances the natural grace & beauty of the woman and thus I am in love with it.The opulent and detailed pallu promises to make any woman feel like a queen.
3. Patola Sarees, popularly called as The Pride Of Gujarat is the saree I completely got smitten with.
Women who are in love with a traditional legacy of our country either already have at least one Patola in their wardrobe or on their wishlist. You definitely can’t put them to a fault. These sarees are of course so special.Be it cotton or silk, Patola saree is definitely worth a buy.Handweaving a Patola Saree is not an easy task, the skill of the creative craftsman is put to test.
In this collaboration with Artisan Saga, when this resplendent Handwoven Rajkot Patola Silk Saree was shown to me, I instantly fell head over heels with this unique masterpiece. No wonder when I draped it, felt aristocratic & royal.Purple is associated with royalty, this purple saree with polka dots on the body has a very refined Zari border.The pallu has extravagant cows and a tree intricately woven on it.
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