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I wore a piece of my heart on my wedding day - The story behind my wedding lehenga

When I got married in Nov 2022, the whole focus was to ensure that my wedding lehenga has to be handloom & Hand embroidered. This not only ensures the life of my lehenga but also the fact that all the people that I work with towards building Sandook, everyone gets involved and becomes a part of my big day. The sheer joy on their face when they saw me at the reception stage was way overwhelming.  The initial ideation process : It started with lots of research and observation. I went to Banaras in June 2022 and spoke to my weavers about this very specific crimson red that I always wanted my lehenga to be. We have usually seen power loom...

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The hunting field of the king from the eyes of Weaver - Shikargah Tales!

Shikargah, a labour intensive processs that is identified by its iconic hunting scenes depicting men , flora, fauna and animals. The average time required to conceptualise and weave a Shikargah sari can range anywhere between 320 - 550 weaving hours. With zari vines, birds, animals, flora and fauna and scrolling jungle scenes, Shikargah is a unique, Banarasi handloom speciality. It is typically marked with scenes of hunters riding horseback or on elephants. It is belived that Shikargah design has existed before the British Raj and has been considered unique and exlusive form of textile to own.  The biggest challenge that the current production faces is availability of high skilled labour and fair wages that has resulted in more powerloom copies...

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