"And pray why are you so gleeful today?"
"Because I am meeting Vidhi... Also, I will be witnessing some of her new spectacular beauties!" .
When I came to Delhi in 2008’s January, one of the first interactions I was assigned at India Today was with kota #revivalist @vidhi_singhania . I loved wearing saris but my knowledge was restricted to what I imbibed from my Ma, the elegant one in her Bengali taant. When this textile greenhorn walked into Vidhi’s lovely studio at Sunder Nagar market, an overwhelming feeling overcame the initial rush of awe.
But the textile designer instantly broke the ice with her warmth. Vidhi narrated how over the years she cajoled weavers in Rajasthan to give the kota fabric a new identity. Silk was included in the warp and weft to soften the stiffness of the earlier kota, which was known to be a simplistic Bagru printed sari. While her silk kotas are fluid beauties, her zari woven kotas are heirloom collectibles. We went on to do a lovely fashion together in Surajgarh Fort in Rajasthan where we bonded like how!
A few years later Vidhi extended her creativity to the banks of Banaras and since then every time I see her work I am gobsmacked. Vidhi Singhania will always be special to me.
But even more than her breathtaking work I respect this woman, who initiated me into the world of #heritage #weaves. What a journey it has been! Not only have I learned to love the craft and venerate the stupendous toil the weavers put into these #exquisite saris but also the integrity with which Vidhi has been promoting these #luxury weaves...
It was a lovely afternoon spent listening to her (swipe to get a glimpse of her elegant studio in GK II).. An afternoon where I wore this comfortable and pristine @ilika_p Assam cotton sari... Because as Vidhi says, "What is luxury without comfort!"
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