Smriti Moraraka's Tantuvi weaves the Banarasi magic

Written by weddingfables 06 Dec 2018
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It turned out to be an interactive and an informative evening last week as handloom revivalist Smriti Moraraka whose label Tantuvi takes handwoven saris to a whole new level, was invited by Leyla Torunlar, wife of H.E. Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, ambassador of Turkey at their residence at 22 Prithiviraj Road, New Delhi to celebrate the great heritage of textiles that both the countries have.

Smriti showcased Banarasi process of weaving with a loom that was displayed along with stunning Banarasi saris.  Interesting part of evening was also the beautiful ways of draping the saris by a shy stylist. Guests had fun while learning to drape the sari differently. In an unusual gesture, and generally not the norm as told to us by Smriti while she chatted about her passion for the weaves, female members of the weavers’ families were also  present, and endorsed their age-old artistic excellence. 

There were live classical musicians who played tunes to export the audience to the land of Ghats as well as interesting India street food to pep the evening. There were small salons where the original weavers from Varanasi along with a woman member of their family were spotted casually interacting with each other. The women were dressed in TANTUVI Sarees by Smriti Morarka. Visitors could interact with them as well as see the garments.

Smriti took to promoting one of Indias oldest weaving heritage when she visited Benaras with her mom way back and was asked by one of the member of the oldest handloom weaving family to find a job for his son. "That got me thinking, he wanted a job for his son, something was not right. I promised him I would do something and so instead of finding a job for his son I organised an exhibition of Banarasi saris," says the Mumbai based desginer. That exhibition was so successful that she immediately needed to work on the second one with newer motifs and designs. "And so Tantuvi was born," she says .

Today she has repeat clients who travel from all over India to buy one of kind sari.  Her saris go up to from Rs 50,000 upwards and you can be rest assured for the pure silk and one of a kind motif, border and designs. They make precious trousseau gifts.

Smriti Moraraka

Leyla Torunlar

Madhu Jain flanked byPoonam Sharma and Leyla Torunlar

Kusum Ansal and Jyotsana Bhandari

Asha Modi and Krishna Neotia

Nalini Singh

Models showcasing the saris

Priyanka Morarka

Shireen Paul

Sheela Karwar with Leyla Torunlar








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