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This designer aims to reinvent six yards of elegance with beautiful reversible sarees

One sari — multiple ways, a step towards sustainable fashion

Nivi Shrivastava @msjunebug_nivi 5 June 2018, 3:59 PM
Reversible sarees for double utility, what do you think?

Reversible sarees for double utility, what do you think? Image: PAYAL KHANDWALA

Are you really woke if you don't grasp how important sustainable fashion is in saving the environment?

If you must take a step towards that direction, don't just use words like 'reuse', 'recycle' for small talk, but use it as a philosophy. As an endeavour to take forward the idea of sustainable fashion and utility, Payal Khandwala, a Mumbai-based designer, has created a line of reversible sarees based on the zodiac sign Gemini.

Khandwala, who has dressed some of the most stylish women, including Hillary Clinton (yes, Clinton wore a handwoven silk kurta by the designer for her India visit this March), gets real about the concept of sustainable fashion, which is taking the world by storm.

Sustainable fashion supports timeless style over fashion, and speaking to T2 Online about her Gemini collection, Payal says, "This collection is free from the tyranny of trends. To be truly sustainable we must consume less. Our planet certainly does not need more dispensable clothing. We must repeat and reuse our clothing. We must be conscious of what we are buying and support slow fashion. This trend allows you more wear for a single saree — in this respect, it urges you to care and wear for longer."

Apart from the sarees, the recycled hair accessories made from studio waste are an effort to minimise wastage, reveals the designer. "Accessorised with our handmade pleated flowers, recycled from studio waste, to dress the hair and minimal Tachi arm cuffs in stainless steel and brass, this collection doubles the fun of styling the saree in a dramatic way. In a small but albeit significant way we can all be part of the change," Payal tells us.

These beautiful reversible sarees are handwoven, which makes them economically sustainable for our craft clusters. "I’ve always wondered how to make sarees even more multipurpose than they already are. Just as I’ve committed, as part of our pret offering, to rethink separates to add breadth to our wardrobes, I thought it important to be able to somehow bring that element of surprise to the saree. In the past, we’ve teamed our sarees with wardrobe staples, the shirt, the blouse, a tee, a tank, a waistcoat and a jacket. The idea is always to offer our customer flexibility. But what if we could wear the same saree, with the same drape and same blouse yet somehow still make it look different?" adds Payal.

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