When a sari, in ripe shades of kalakhatta and khus, looks like it belongs on the city’s prettiest gola stand, you have to remove your sunglasses and take notice. Even if it means that the sun is in your eyes. Other slurpable slurpies you’ll see on the cart will include drippy purple dresses, bright blue shirts for men and angry monsoon grey stoles.
In all their varied colour and functions, the garments have one thing in common – they’re all crafted from hand woven ikat textiles. “Because ikat is magical,” says designer Vinita Passary, who recently launched her label Translate, which works exclusively with this weave.
Art for Artisans’ Sake
Vineeta and the Translate team collaborate with artisans in Andhra Pradesh to produce hand-woven weaves which are altered to fit your city lifestyle. The fabric for instance, is less course and hence more comfy for daily wear. They also use dyes that won’t run or irritate your skin, and make classic weaves and patters more urban.
bpb loves the pink double ikat scarf; comfy looking hakama pants; and mustard men’s shirt. The kiddie clothes are much cuter, though – think black and white Pero-ish dresses without Pero-ish prices. We plan to get this adorable red frock made to our size. There’s also a whole bunch of fun ikat saris with leaf motifs, psychedelic checks and inky blue borders that threaten to run into white spaces.
Vineeta retails these out of her store Anonym in Hyderabad, but is currently receiving orders (and praise) from all over India, so she’s ready to ship wherever you are. Browse the ikat collections on her Facebook page, call to place an order and wait for your package.
And even if summer moves on by the time your parcel arrives, it will still make you think of gola.
Getting there: Translate, call +91-40-23552386/8886000562 or visit the Facebook page here, stoles start at Rs 1,000; dresses and shirts at Rs 2,000 and saris at Rs 5,000.