Few designers are as respected and widely acknowledged as Gaurang Shah for bringing together traditional weaves from different regions. He, along with Vaya by Heritage, recently showcased an array of handcrafted masterpieces in Pune including sarees, dupattas and outfits.
Shah, a self-taught designer, works meticulously with weavers for months together, and encourages them to make textiles that have a global appeal. Having established his label for sarees that are worthy of being heirloom pieces, Shah’s revival of Kanjeevaram, Khadi and his ethnic fusions like Patola from Patan, Bandhini from Kutch, weaves from Kanchi, Varanasi and Paithani, Matka silks, Tussars and Khadi are a rage amongst fashionistas.
Vaya, a brainchild of Mira Sagar, has been a gateway for hand-woven and hand-crafted heritage textiles bridging the gap between weavers and the niche clientele who value traditional textiles. Sagar, who has been working with the weavers of Maheshwar for over 20 years, joined hands with Shah to offer textiles representing the finest weaving skills from the looms of India. These sensibilities are also translated into outfits, stoles, dupattas, and fabrics hence offering a wide range of choice for every generation. At the city exhibition-cum-sale, you could see a range of flawless handcrafted sarees, which promise to never go out of style. It was a mélange of Indian culture; to bring the modern definition of fashion through our rich culture. There was also be a specially curated line for the wedding season in varied silhouettes, in anarkalis, lehengas, ghararas, kurtas and intricate jamdani woven sarees.