Tradition with a modern twist was the highlight of a recent show

The Kanjeevaram silk sari is definitely getting a make-over in the hands of young designers / entrepreneurs such as Jeyasree Ravi of Sri Palam Silk Sarees, who revisit tradition and at the same time, give it a contemporary twist.

At a fashion show in Hotel Accord Metropolitan recently, Sri Palam Silk Sarees put on show its ‘Silkline ‘10 Collection'.


Models from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai sashayed down the ramp, showcasing the ‘futuristic' collection of Concept, Casual, Designer, and Trendy Muhurtham silk saris. The show was choreographed by Ajit Menon.

In ‘Concept', nine designs and textures came together as Navarasa Pattu. The Angarika Pattu sari has a motif in the neckline and elsewhere, while Trishala Pattu had motifs on the pleats and neck area.

In terms of colours as well, there were exciting shades — from pretty blues to pleasing pastels (not counting the all-time favourite — show-stopping blacks).Traditional motifs such as leaf and mango were magnified many times over, and the conventional zari borders gave way to embellishments in geometrical and floral patterns.

Sequins, thread work, and trimmings gave the Kanjeevaram silk sari a hep look, just perfect for parties and cocktail evenings.

In the Muhurtham section, the final ensemble, one could find pastels and greens and yellows in a variety of designs, apart from the traditional arakkus and the occasional browns. Embellished richly with zari, other saris featured floral prints, with a brocade effect.

The bottomline — plenty of options to suit young tastes. While purists may find the collection radically different, youngsters can no longer give excuses for not wearing silk saris — particularly when they can be teamed up with trendy blouses.