18 07 17 — 17:53
29 06 17 — 2:30
SAREE STORY NO 5: ON SEDUCTION
27 06 17 — 8:57
Saree Story No. 4: Ajrakh – Rooted in tradition
Amongst the saree and textile connoisseurs, Pracheen is considered a hidden gem in the city of Mumbai. Located in the busiest part of the city- in the narrow by lanes of Mohammed Ali Road, Pracheen is a Ajrakh studio run by Sarfraz Khatri and his father Ahmed Khatri.
I met Sarfraz at his workshop several months ago on a photo assignment and was completely mesmerized by the process in which the block printed fabrics are created. The rhythmic sound of the wood blocks making contact with the fabric stretched on long tables, the absolutely neat repetition of patterns, and the layering of colours over time.
24 06 17 — 13:40
SAREE STORY #3: PINNING IT WITH PANACHE
18 06 17 — 18:06
SAREE STORY #2: THE TIME TRAVELER’S TALES
I caught up with Urvashi Saxena on the eve of her 72nd birthday. I have known Urvashi for all of my life as my father’s colleague and a dear family friend. Over the years, I have been enthralled by her narration of stories of adventures as a woman government senior official. Her stories range from the length and breadth of this country. From interactions with people from tiny villages to some of the most wealthy and powerful people in our country, Urvashi’s stories are filled with humble wonderment.
I chatted with Urvashi about her sarees throughout her career, with stories from her young teenage years to her current favorites.
17 06 17 — 22:35
SAREE STORY #1: 100 Days of Sari-tude
13 06 17 — 20:22
Saree Shopping at the Jama Masjid Area
The Mangaldas market, one of the largest textile markets in Mumbai
Round-up of the sarees, two at a time as per the drawing