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Sabyasachi Mukherjee shares 'Calcutta' anecdotes while resplendent Deepika Padukone plays his muse

The Padmaavat actor looks ethereal as the ace designer gets nostalgic about his hometown Kolkata

Rachna Srivastava SPIN_occhio 5 February 2018, 10:56 PM
Gorgeous is an understatement — don't you think?

Gorgeous is an understatement — don't you think? Image: Instagram/ Sabyasachi Mukerjee

From his first tiger-spotting to paying homage to his mother and her friends, designer Sabyasachi Mukerjhee is taking a culture-rich trip down memory lane.

'Calcutta' boy at heart, each of Sabyasachi Mukherjee's designs is an extension of his intellect. It's no surprise that his international ensembles with a touch of desi are much loved across the globe. And, there's a tale behind every piece of woven thread.

Sharing his creative inspiration with the world, the ace designer, in his latest collection Nilaya, takes a nostalgia trip down the lanes of old Calcutta. Donning his newest creations is his present muse Deepika Padukone, who looks simply stunning.

Sabya took to Instagram to unveil the new line, while sharing anecdotes that about the creative process. Our Rani Padmavati's poise and breathtaking beauty make the ensembles stand out further.

 

 
 

The homes of North Calcutta always fascinate me. Through winding lanes and decrepit alleys, one often stumbles upon ‘Paradise lost’. Humble tea stalls, crumbling book binding factories and dingy mustard oil presseries make way for forlorn palaces and music rooms of erstwhile ‘zamindars’. A lesson in sheer hedonistic maximalism. Osler and Baccarat chandeliers, completely engulfed in a shroud of cobwebs occasionally twinkling in the late afternoon sunlight, Devonshire china holding on for dear life on creaky cabinets, jostling for space amidst hand-painted tin and an occasional Lifebuoy soap perched precariously on a silver salver. Works of great European and Bengali masters co-existing in communal harmony with a calendar from a local pharmaceutical company, a withering taxidermy and Fuji-colour rendered black and white family portraits. As a parakeet and a cockatoo chirp in unison from the courtyard, my fingers swipe the dust from the walls to unveil yet another treasure. A hand-painted wallpaper from Paris, finely outlined with 18 carat gold! And one thought one knew the city! #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #AsianPaints #Nilaya #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #SabyasachiForNilaya @worldofnilaya @asianpaints @deepikapadukone

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“The homes of North Calcutta always fascinate me. Through winding lanes and decrepit alleys, one often stumbles upon ‘Paradise lost’. Humble tea stalls, crumbling book binding factories and dingy mustard oil presseries make way for forlorn palaces and music rooms of erstwhile ‘zamindars’. A lesson in sheer hedonistic maximalism. Osler and Baccarat chandeliers, completely engulfed in a shroud of cobwebs occasionally twinkling in the late afternoon sunlight, Devonshire china holding on for dear life on creaky cabinets, jostling for space amidst hand-painted tin and an occasional Lifebuoy soap perched precariously on a silver salver. Works of great European and Bengali masters co-existing in communal harmony with a calendar from a local pharmaceutical company, a withering taxidermy and Fuji-colour rendered black and white family portraits. As a parakeet and a cockatoo chirp in unison from the courtyard, my fingers swipe the dust from the walls to unveil yet another treasure. A hand-painted wallpaper from Paris, finely outlined with 18 carat gold! And one thought one knew the city!” writes Sabya.

 

 

Sabyasachi says”, The homes of North Calcutta always fascinate me. Through winding lanes and decrepit alleys, one often stumbles upon ‘Paradise lost’. Humble tea stalls, crumbling book binding factories and dingy mustard oil presseries make way for forlorn palaces and music rooms of erstwhile ‘zamindars’. A lesson in sheer hedonistic maximalism. Osler and Baccarat chandeliers, completely engulfed in a shroud of cobwebs occasionally twinkling in the late afternoon sunlight, Devonshire china holding on for dear life on creaky cabinets, jostling for space amidst hand-painted tin and an occasional Lifebuoy soap perched precariously on a silver salver. Works of great European and Bengali masters co-existing in communal harmony with a calendar from a local pharmaceutical company, a withering taxidermy and Fuji-colour rendered black and white family portraits. As a parakeet and a cockatoo chirp in unison from the courtyard, my fingers swipe the dust from the walls to unveil yet another treasure. A hand-painted wallpaper from Paris, finely outlined with 18 carat gold! And one thought one knew the city! “ @sabyasachiofficial @deepikapadukone . #Nilaya #WorldOfNilaya #AsianPaints #Interior #InteriorDesign #InstaDecor #HomeDecor #InteriorInspiration #Style #HomeDesign #DecorLovers #InteriorDecorating #WallDecor #WallDesign #WallDecorating #IndianLuxe #PatternsOfIndia #LuxuryWallpaper #Decoration #Wallpaper #WallCoverings #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #Green #GreenWallpaper #IndiaMoghol #TajMahal

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Talking about charming 'Calcutta', he pens down, “If you grew up in Bengal at the time I was growing up, sometime between late seventies and early eighties, you would know that the consumer was the designer. I spent hours watching my mother and her friends stretching organdy sarees over hand frames and hand painting exotic blooms on them. More often than not, they would match the blooms in their sarees to the real blooms on their hair. Talk about style! This is my homage to them. My mother and all her Bengal art school friends. What they lacked in terms of resources, they always over compensated with imagination. That is the true art of dressing well and good housekeeping!”

Sabya reminisces his journey further by saying, “In 2002, I rented my first apartment. And moved in there with my tailors and pattern makers. It was all under a thousand square feet. It would become my home, my factory and my atelier! I hand-painted the walls in ‘Bengal Red’ with motifs of flora and fauna inspired by the tree of life! The horses back then did look like rabbits and one bird I am sure looked a bit like a nondescript reptile. Old habits die hard and so a better version of the tree of life makes a second appearance. In Coromandel Red – dextrously hand-painted by The Sabyasachi Art Foundation.”

 
 

In 2002, I rented my first apartment. And moved in there with my tailors and pattern makers. It was all under a thousand square feet. It would become my home, my factory and my atelier! I hand-painted the walls in ‘Bengal Red’ with motifs of flora and fauna inspired by the tree of life! The horses back then did look like rabbits and one bird I am sure looked a bit like a nondescript reptile. Old habits die hard and so a better version of the tree of life makes a second appearance. In Coromandel Red – dextrously hand-painted by The Sabyasachi Art Foundation. #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #AsianPaints #Nilaya #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #SabyasachiForNilaya @worldofnilaya @asianpaints @deepikapadukone

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Each design has a peculiar name (and a back story), such as: India Moghol, The Sunderbans, Vasant, Guldasta, Lajwanti, et al.

 

 
 

In 2002, I rented my first apartment. And moved in there with my tailors and pattern makers. It was all under a thousand square feet. It would become my home, my factory and my atelier! I hand-painted the walls in ‘Bengal Red’ with motifs of flora and fauna inspired by the tree of life! The horses back then did look like rabbits and one bird I am sure looked a bit like a nondescript reptile. Old habits die hard and so a better version of the tree of life makes a second appearance. In Coromandel Red – dextrously hand-painted by The Sabyasachi Art Foundation. #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #AsianPaints #Nilaya #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #SabyasachiForNilaya @worldofnilaya @asianpaints @deepikapadukone

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Sabyasachi says, “If you grew up in Bengal at the time I was growing up, sometime between late seventies and early eighties, you would know that the consumer was the designer. I spent hours watching my mother and her friends sketching organdy sarees over hand frames and hand painting exotic blooms on them. More often than not, they would match the blooms in their sarees to the real blooms on their hair. Talk about style! This is my homage to them. My mother and all her Bengal art school friends. What they lacked in terms of resources, they always over compensated with imagination. That in the true art of dressing well and good housekeeping!” @sabyasachiofficial @deepikapadukone . #Nilaya #WorldOfNilaya #AsianPaints #Interior #InteriorDesign #InstaDecor #HomeDecor #InteriorInspiration #Style #HomeDesign #DecorLovers #InteriorDecorating #WallDecor #WallDesign #WallDecorating #IndianLuxe #PatternsOfIndia #LuxuryWallpaper #Decoration #Wallpaper #WallCoverings #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #Floral #FloralWallpaper #OrangeWallpaper #Guldasta

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While Sabyasachi's craftsmanship surely has us mesmerised, it is Deepika we simply can't take our eyes off. She looks like a dream, doesn't she? 

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