𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘢𝘭 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 - 𝘢 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩.
Being a textile designer I was very keen on the history of art & culture and fond of bringing flora & fauna to my works. This time my take was on Mughal Garden, the name itself is such an inspiration and I loved the very concept of Mughals, a garden of pure love. Here I share a saree that is very close to my heart in the colors of spring.
“Gurubari Tussars” is all about exploring and experimenting the tribe within you, through the aroma and textures of desi-tussars.
It’s a collection of handwoven and hand-spun textured desi tussar silk sarees from the quaint villages of Odisha. The women from the village remove the tussar threads from the wild cocoon and reel it on their thigh, which makes Gurubari desi tussar silk saree an exquisite creation. The weaver weaves it by hand on a dobby and jala stand loom which approximately takes a week to create one saree. With the introduction of zari along with silk threads in jala and dobby, combining it with Kumbha in the border, the textile designer Anupriya Mridha along with the master weaver, conceptualizes it to a fusion of contemporary yet traditional 6-yards.
~The journey of lotus parrot~
The LP started with my love for flora and fauna, and the idea of implementing it into an Indian Ozee ( Floral Jaal ) form, making it look like a continuous design. It took me many nights (all my creativity strikes at midnight) to finally complete the lotus parrot Jaal, assuring it looks like a continuous design not a fragmented flora and fauna as Indian Mughal Art chases me!
Then it started with my travel part, visiting a small unknown and interior village in the western Odisha through a local bus from the railway station. Spending that night of 20th March 2017 at the master weavers house, and the whole night there was visual imagination in my mind of the design reflection on an original Saree under moonlight on a Charpai (rope weaved bed ) as it was summer. The next day traveling on a motor bye for about 15km far to an interior village without any proper road. Enjoying the view of dense forest, rivers, crop fields and also luckily witnessing a Snake crossing our way. Finally reached the weaver's house and we discussed the lotus and Parrot design paper and it’s colors. It took about 3 months for the First Saree to get finished. That was a real dream come true, when I first saw the Saree and second thought was, will customers would like my design. It was my first exhibition at The Saree fair, Dastkar Delhi. There were only 5 pieces woven at that time which I took along. The most appreciated Saree was the lotus parrot and counting more heads to date.
Thank you each one of you for being a part of our journey!
It’s our Weaver, their family, my family and all of my customers and friends who have taken care of me to make this journey a memorable one!
“ The Laal Jaba Ikat Saree “ designed by textile designer Anupriya Mridha, co-founder Vani Vrtti.
Our inspiration from the auspicious ‘Mahakali Hibiscus Garland’ is represented on a Saree through the most ancient technique of Ikat Craft.
~ Its Inspiration and Symbolism ~
During Diwali/Kali puja we honour the goddess Kali by offering Rakta Chandan (Red Sandalwood) and Laal Jaba Phool (Red Hibiscus Flower). Goddess Kali often referred to as divine mother or Maa Kali, a destroyer of evil. She is the 'Shakti' the embodiment of strength.
The Goddess Kali epitomises fierceness and the flower that depicts this beautifully is a ‘Red Hibiscus’. The shape of the flower symbolises the goddess’s tongue and the vibrant red colour depicts Kali Maa’s fierceness.
In West Bengal, ''goddess is adorned with 108 Jaba flowers garland around her neck during Kali puja in Diwali’'.
Hibiscus flowers are the symbol of the cosmic womb of Mahakali.
The “Laal Jaba” Saree symbolises the ‘Shakti’ within each one of us!
Presenting the ikat of Vani Vrtti. “Gurubari Tussars” is all about exploring and experimenting with the tribe within you, through the aroma and textures of khadi tussars.
It’s a collection of handwoven and hand-spun textured desi tussar silk sarees from the quaint villages of Odisha. The women from the village remove the tussar threads from the wild cocoon and reel it on their thigh, which makes Gurubari desi tussar silk saree an exquisite creation. The weaver weaves it by hand on a dobby and jala stand loom which approximately takes a week to create one saree. Textile designer Anupriya Mridha along with the master weaver, conceptualizes it to a fusion of contemporary yet traditional 6-yards.
As dusk is about to set, the winter sun sends the warmer rays to the earth. We chased out the yellow patches and fall out at a Niger seed farm in the foothills of Deomali mountains with the Niger flowers blooming with all glory, making it a perfect backdrop to capture the “ pink lily ikat Khadi tussar “
A vision of a textile designer and the dedication of a master weaver creates magic on handlooms. This video shows the extensive process behind the making of the "Mughal Garden" saree.
The saree has been woven by our master weaver Sanjay and his wife Nirupama. It takes two weavers to weave the palla design. It’s a painstaking process with every motif picked by hand and the hard work adds to the number of colors used in the motifs.
The name truly justifies “Mughal Garden“~ a piece of Heaven on Earth.
A glimpse of our Odisha tour 2020. This was a much-needed break for us. We were away for almost 20 days and created this beautiful journey. Thank you for all the messages during these days.
Discovering the Incredible Odisha! Starting from South to West to central to the north to east and back to the south, completing about 2500 km on roads was all about our winter's holiday 2020.
It was just us throughout the journey, and the most thrilling moments we enjoyed together will always be memorable ones!
Many pictures and documentaries in due to be shared with you all.
Merry Christmas and a new year to all of you.
Amlan & Anupriya
Filmed by Amlan Mandal
Travelling to Kashmir was always on our bucket list. Amid the covid, we decided our first anniversary should be a special one. Though we are now away from Kashmir still we can't process, absorb the beauty, one can only sense by visiting.
Immerse yourself with Kashmir's mouthwatering food, rich culture, scenic views, amazing people, everyone's behavior which is something we wanted to portray in this video. It was an unforgettable experience.
Chai with Sidd @siddahmed - In conversation with Anupriya Mridha
What an outstanding, inspiring conversation!
Yours is an amazing story Anupriya and a huge HUGE shout-out to your father for having supported you throughout. This is an insight for us to see how influencing our parents can be in our lives.
And your vision was something worth being in awe of. To protect and pass on the arts of our culture to generations to come is something truly commendable.
Thank you Anupriya for giving us these amazing takeaways. I'm sure it's going to be incredibly helpful to the young minds who tuned in.