Sometimes the stars align in a quietly satisfying way and things fall so neatly into place that you do wonder if there IS an actual big plan.
Middleson has (at last, he is 25 after all) left home, he has moved…to New Delhi. Yep, no wrench there then. He’s there for a couple of years and I am beyond excited about discovering India. I so loved the V&A’s The Fabric of India exhibition last year and of course we see great Indian street style each year from India Amazon Fashion Week from Ishtailista. Middleson has conveniently rented a three bedroom flat (imaging doing that in London!) to accommodate his already-booking-flights family, So I’ve been thinking about researching textiles, fashion and fragrance trends from India to ensure I’m ahead of the game when I get there.
Then on Monday I received a press release for The Sari Series, a wonderful digital anthology of how to drape over 80 different regionally important sari styles. Result! Shot beautifully and demonstrating a jaw dropping variety of knots, pleats, wraps and folds, the project explains how to drape and wear each style of sari, with how much fabric you will need and exact how-to instructions as well as the video. Anyone with five metre lengths of fabric sitting around in piles might want to take note.
The project also reflects on the evolution of the sari and highlights concerns that the sari is slipping from favour as an item of everyday wear. Throughout history the sari has always adapted and changed to reflect the practical and cultural needs of the wearer, it’s the perfect versatile garment, but modern life is seeing it worn less often and the artful, individual drape styles of each sari-wearing region are being lost.
The Sari Series has been organised by Border&Fall, a digital publishing agency that promotes Indian craft and fashion communities and I hope they are jolly proud of this thoughtful and enlightening project. Fashion designers and wearers of interesting clothes should take a look at the How To Drape films and discover the extraordinarily beautiful things you can achieve with the right length of fabric. My favourites include No 6 the Gudakattu drape No 28 the Gamthi drape, No 52 the Maar Kachha Drape, No74 the Madisaru drape and No77, the Lapetawali drape.
So that’s saris sorted for research purposes. And the Border&Fall website is a fantastic place to start my investigations into Indian crafts and textiles. Anyone else have any interesting ideas of what to see and where to go in Delhi? Our first trip in late November.