Saturday, October 22, 2011
This Diwali dāram brings a range of saris to invest in! A rich collection of Benares saris is complemented by a contemporary collection of saris from Bengal. A delightful range of colours, Benares saris are available in deep traditional colors with an extravagant dose of gold and silver zari work. Bengal saris are available in monotones as well as vibrant contrasts. Both the collections are sourced from traditional weavers in true dāram spirit. Bengal saris are a range of cotton, cotton-silk and matka silk, Benares saris exclusively in silk.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
dāram introduces Hyderabad to Chaubundi Sarees, a range of tussar silk sarees in the dabu (resist technique) block printing tradition of Rajasthan. Chaubundi was a traditional motif for ghagras in Rajasthan. As sarees replaced ghagras, Raghunath Nama, the co-founder of Chaubundi, aptly adapted them to sarees. Coming from the age old block printing Chippa community of Rajasthan his family practiced the art of dabu printing for generations.
"Dabu" is a mud resist process of printing. It uses a mix of clay, chuna, wheat chaff and gum to make a sticky paste that is block printed on the fabric to avoid dye penetration while dyeing the fabric so that the motifs are lighter than the background. This gives the sarees a very earthy feel and sophisticated look. Available in a range of muted hues of green, blues, browns, yellows and purples.
A collection of women’s kurtas hand embroidered by the lambani artisans of Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra. These artisans, belonging to a nomadic tribe more commonly called banjara, having no permanent homes made their aesthetic sense apparent in their clothes.