The best place to find a saree is in your grandmother’s and mum’s closet. I have always been curious of the collection she possesses behind that old Iron almirah, locked and secured with keys that are tucked in her saree.
As she opened her antique wardrobe, mildly scented with naphthalene balls and strongly of her memories… hidden in creaky drawers, I saw traditional weaves hanging on the wooden hangers catching the sunlight after months.
The gold Benarasi weaves twinkled while the Kanjivarams gold reflected back, making it a melange of jewel tones. I was surprised to see how she had hidden away these rich fabrics from me all these years but had them neatly packed in her treasure trove.
I reached out for a jewelled toned Ikat silk saree protected and wrapped in mul-mul cloth. My mother started narrating stories associated with each saree. When I questioned her with delight, her face lit up, as she reminisced old memories. It was surprising and quite alluring to find pieces that were so rich, they could make it to a magazine cover! That’s when it dawned on me, it’s not the saree but the stories and associations that make them priced possessions. Every saree is actually a tale and that’s how it carries a certain tradition, an aesthetic and a few times, a legacy.
Inspired by these sarees and fairytales that my mum recited, I planned to raid her wardrobe and do a shoot. So the shoot is traditional, not just showcasing the beauty of the six yard saree but also how it takes a woman’s beauty to the next level. There is something about it that makes one feel slender, elated and gorgeous.
And when you add jewellery to these traditional and heritage pieces, they take you back in time and make you feel nothing less than a maharani.
Hope you like the shoot, and like us, start loving the six yard hidden in your mother’s treasure trove.
A big shout out to Shaily Rawat, our makeup artist and super-cool mom without who this shoot wouldn’t have looked half as good. Follow her makeup experiments here.
Styled, Conceptualised and Text by Prerna Gauba
Photographed by Somya Suresh
Jewellery by Khoobsurat, E-101, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi
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