Tanaya Das loves anything adventurous and is exceptionally creative. Having grown up all over India, she’s a traveler at heart and a copy writer by profession. She is highly inspiring and courageous. Her creativity can be seen in the way she wears her saris, hardly ever repeating her style. In a way, Tanaya represents the Sari – she’s as adaptive, versatile and colorful. Read on to know more about her.
Tanaya's love for saris
Experimenting with different drapes
I believe there is no one right way to drape a sari. We don’t really have to wear it with a blouse and in-skirt and we don’t need a certain kind of footwear or a specific kind of jewelry. It is a liberating garment that people sometimes constrain with their rules. Why can’t we wear it with a sweater or with torn jeans? Why can’t we be innovative and find a drape that suits us the most? It is because of all the rules that people often wear Saris just as they don costumes.
The idea was to highlight the sari, to celebrate this work of art and not me. This is why there are very few pictures where you can clearly see my face on the blog or on my Instagram. Sometimes I drape my sari with a blouse, sometimes with a random t-shirt and sometimes with just the woven treasure sans blouse, top or underskirt. There are times when I wear a very simple sari to a wedding and a grand heavy sari to work. It’s all about what I feel like on a particular day.
Handloom Vs Powerloom
Every state in India has a massive textile heritage and I am very proud of our handcrafted saris and of the rich variety of options. Handloom saris come in every budget. They are not always expensive and when they are, it is because of the intricate work that has gone into it. Mine was a conscious choice – to wear only handloom saris. They’re a work of art. Why would I buy anything else?
I love Kanjivarams. Zari or no Zari, I love them all. They are beyond works of art. I adore vintage silks which have mellowed with age. They are a lot softer and drape really well. It’s a common belief that Kanjivarams should be worn only for weddings. I don’t believe that. They are versatile and can be worn in myriad ways. All that is needed is someone with a little bit of imagination to experiment with them. They are absolute poetry in motion, get better with age and make me feel like a queen who can ward off anything negative!
The fun in not following rules – they restrict me.
Not letting any kind of fabric intimidate me. If I really want to drape myself with something, I will find a way.
Allowing the sari to speak to me. That’s when magic happens!
Allowing myself to get creative.
Not caring if I don’t have the right accessories to go with a sari.