Revisiting sarees in my collection that I haven’t seen in a while:
A 31-year-old silk gharchola saree from my mother’s collection. My mother grew up in a culture and amongst women who didn’t know the first thing about sarees; but she fell in love with sarees after marriage. ————————————————————————- I last saw it draped on my mother’s person, in a photograph from my Bua’s (paternal aunt) engagement album. I wore it last year to an exhibition of 108 sarees that were replicas of those from the personal collection of Smt. Indira Gandhi. The collection was curated by Mrs. Malvika Singh, daughter of late journalist and political commentator Romesh Thapar. She currently runs the renowned Seminar magazine founded by her father, alongwith her husband Tejbir Singh. She has also authored several books, an extremely popular one amongst them being ‘Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi.’ Mrs. Singh was supported in this creative vision by consultant, stylist, and all-round fashion veteran, Bangalore-based Prasad Bidapa; and Pavithra Muddaya, a visionary self-taught designer, also in Bangalore, who carries forward a family legacy of revival sarees.