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Payal Khandwala | Gemini | 2018

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As a Gemini and a sari lover myself, I’ve always wondered how to make saris even more
multipurpose than they already are. Just as I’ve committed, as part of our pret offering,
to rethink separates to add breadth to our wardrobes, I thought it important to be able to
somehow bring that element of surprise to the much loved sari.
In the past we’ve teamed our saris with wardrobe staples, the shirt, the blouse, a tee, a tank,
a waistcoat and a jacket. The idea is always to offer our customer flexibility.
But what if we could wear the same sari, with the same drape and same blouse yet somehow
still make it look different?

This was the starting point for this line of saris. How does one innovate an Indian essential
that is already perfect?
The solution had to be effortless and fuss free. So I conceived them to be ‘reversible’.
They’re designed in a way that they can simply be flipped. This alters the look in a small,
albeit significant way. Reimagined to be modular, we can reuse and repeat them while feeling
and looking a little different each time.

This duality lends itself perfectly to my own personality and this twin zodiac.
Unpredictable, versatile and expressive, it allows the wearer freedom and choice.
We mirrored the saris to drive the point home, keeping all the other components identical.

We also added some more shapes that can be alternatives to the blouse. These include
halters, tube tops and our latest offerings of permanent pleated blouses, tops, tanks and
waistcoats, in addition to our signature wraps and tunics. Just in time for the summer, all of
these can be worn with other coordinates from your existing wardrobe to be styled as desired
with or without the sari.

Our saris are hand woven in mulberry silk and cotton, in plain and twill weaves.
The palette ranges from our bright summer hues of scarlet, citrine, sapphire, chartreuse, and
magenta to silver, coffee and charcoal.
Accessorized with our handmade pleated flowers, recycled from studio waste, to dress the
hair and minimal Tachi arm cuffs in stainless steel and brass – this collection doubles the
fun of styling the sari in a restrained yet luxurious, but dramatic way.
The spirit as always is fierce and feminine and still intrinsically India modern.

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