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Sari - Bihar Khadi Indigo Sari Dress

Bihar Khadi Indigo Sari Dress

  • Object:

    Sari

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (Fabric is from West Bengal, Woven)
    Delhi (embroidered)
    Delhi (tailored)
    Delhi (The dress was tailored in Varma's studio in Shapurjat, Delhi, Made)

  • Date:

    2015 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Varma , Rashmi (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven, dyed, and embroidered.

  • Museum number:

    IS.9-2015

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This dress is a contemporary adaptation of a traditional sari; it is a stitched garment which incorporates elements of a sari such as the pleating at the front and the pallu or drape across the shoulder. The dress is catering for a younger generation of women who want the stylishness of a sari with the convenience of a fitted garment fastened by a simple zipper on the side. It is made from khadi (handwoven fabric made from handspun thread) which has been indigo dyed using natural dyes. The black fabric which makes up the pallu is attached to the blue fabric with chikankari embroidery.

Rashmi Varma is a young designer of Indian heritage who moved from Canada to India. Her label was launched in 2013 and this dress is part of her second collection. It has been one of her most popular designs.

Physical description

This dress designed by Rashmi Varma recalls the drape of a sari. It is made of hand-spun, hand-woven cotton, that has been hand-dyed in indigo. The black fabric which makes up the pallu is attached to the blue fabric with hand embroidered chikankari work.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (Fabric is from West Bengal, Woven)
Delhi (embroidered)
Delhi (tailored)
Delhi (The dress was tailored in Varma's studio in Shapurjat, Delhi, Made)

Date

2015 (made)

Artist/maker

Varma , Rashmi (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven, dyed, and embroidered.

Dimensions

Length: 14701 mm, Width: 480 mm

Object history note

This piece was acquired directly from the designer for the V&A exhibition, The Fabric of India.

Descriptive line

Cotton dress, indigo-dyed and embroidered, designed by Rashmi Varma for her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Delhi.

Labels and date

INDIGO SARI DRESS

Draping a sari, especially the pleating, can be a time-consuming task. In this sari dress, designer Rashmi Varma has stitched the pleats and fastened a simple zipper on the side, so that it has the convenience of a fitted garment but plays with the idea of the draped sari. The natural-dyed indigo khadi emphasises the hand-made.

Designed by Rashmi Varma (b.1974)
Khadi cotton
Woven in West Bengal, embroidered and tailored in Delhi, 2015
V&A: IS. 9-2015 [03/10/2015 - 10/01/2016]
[03/10/2015-10/01/2016]

Production Note

The dress is called 'Bihar'. Quote from Rashmi Varma: 'Geography with personal references - places that i have lived in, traveled to and places of my family's roots are important to me. I am Bihari! The connotation that many people have for Bihar is usually a negative one and this is my playful way of combining it with something I find beautiful and elegant'.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Hand-weaving; Dyed; Embroidery

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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