Sailesh Singhania's Saahana collection in Delhi was all about rich Indian textile tradition

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The sixth-generation textile conservationist from Hyderabad, Sailesh Singhania made his solo debut in the capital recently by bringing a beautiful exhibition from the land of the Nizams Hyderabad.  Sailesh’s forefathers joined Nizam’s legacy in 1881. His great grandfather Seth Nandlal took over as the textile minister in the Nizam’s cabinet in 1926. Singhanias collection included work with 700 handloom weavers belonging to 22 different clusters from areas like Pochampally, Gadwal, Uppada, Kota, Pranpur and others. The exhibition titled Shaahana was a collection of heritage handloom textile and sarees, showcasing the rich history of the Indian textiles. The exhibition also features jewels from the house of Apala by Sumit. A special feature of the exhibition was saree made combining Jamdani and khadi and embellished with motifs. The designer’s inspiration for the same has been the Japanese art. 

Each of his piece was crafted to perfection and the intricate work spoke for the craftsmanship of the collection. The designer told us how it has been difficult yet a fulfilling journey to work with artisans’ pan-India for almost six decades. The jewels exhibited by Apala were perfectly complementing the textile collection. If as a bride, you want your trousseau to include some well known hand woven sarees that is precious as our heritage then this is what you must have.

Sailesh’s collection was all about combination of age-old techniques like the Jamdani, combining it with Khadi, the fabric of our nation and embellishing it with intricate motifs inspired by modern Japanese art, thereby bringing a plethora of cultures and traditions together and culminating them into one final creation. Comprising opulent whites and enigmatic gold threads, each saree was woven painstakingly over a laborious period of over eight months to match the unparalleled beauty of our muse. The royal Banarasi silk, is assiduously woven with motifs inspired by the sun and the moon, the natural forces upon which life sustains and society thrives. The motifs embody nature and its interaction with the human race, like an orchestrated symphony of life in the weave. The colours are a celebration of summer freshness, a coalescence of opulent whites and neutral tones intertwined with enigmatic gold threads.The Kanjeevaram silk sarees, that have remained a constant in every closet since the Chola and Pallava dynasty, are also revisited through this collection, celebrating the identity of the fabric with a modern outlook, tapping into its potential without tampering with its ethnicity.

The inauguration of the Shaahana Exhibition

A model wears a stunning silk sari accessorised by Apala by Sumit silver jewellery

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