The Registry of Sarees has a three pronged approach to all sarees. Of these, we believe that each saree has a story indicative of it’s very fibre. From a saree we learn of a way of life, a belief system, sometimes rituals, even fantasies. A whole culture is brought to life when you are educated by a single drape – food, religion, art, dance, music, politics, history. The triumphs and failures, laughter and happiness, of the people of India and those who love India, are all contained within the warp and weft that magically entwine to capture personal narratives.
We relish lessons in drape stories by organizing learning events around these magnificent histories. Textile specialists, people who walk the talk in documenting, reviving and bringing these drapes to life at the grass roots level teach us by sharing their expertise. Our patrons are invited to be a part of these sessions.
An exploration of the purest forms of cotton pursued as a form of art and skill were presented: Organic Cotton by Ethicus and Muslin Jamdani by Rajib Debnath.
Smt. Vijayalakshmi Nachiar of Ethicus led us down the "Cotton Trail". Smt Nachiar, captivated our audiences both at M.G Road and Epsilon Villas with the story of the brand Ethicus - from farm to fashion. Ethicus is very likely India's only organic cotton brand that includes all stakeholders from farmer, cotton ginner, weaver, designer in the cycle of bring the sarees to the customer. With unmatched quality and systems that are transparent Ethicus has not only raised the quality of life for the poorest of the poor but also established an eco-friendly product. As an experience it was heartwarming to hear how handwork and vision is the backbone of Ethicus' unparalleled success.
Complimenting the organic cotton story, Rajib Debnath, is a sixth generation Muslin weaver from Kalna. The audience were floored by the story of his reviving Muslin Jamdani as the family continues to be among just a handful weaving this is India. Rajib and his family have designed and executed special looms to be able to produce muslin jamdani that is over 300counts. We were treated to a special display of rare and vintage Muslin Jamdani pieces - many of which are being coveted by museums for their finesse and skill in execution.
Cotton in both it's organic and muslin avatar were explored. We had the best two teachers in the field who left us inspired and motivated to embrace the fibre that is literally the backbone of India!