the-south-asian Life & Times                 January - March 2011





 Editor's Note


 Cover Story
 Kashmiri Pandits

 Eminent Pandits
 Neel Kashkari

 Veer Munshi

 Pradman Kaul

 Pandit Bhajan Sopori

 Photo Feature
 The Obamas in India


 100 years of aviation
 in India

 Mt. Kailash
 Stairway to Heaven

 In the footsteps of
 Smythe in Garhwal


 The Wild Ass

 By O P Dutta








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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

SALT Designer of the Decade

In our almost four years of exciting life, this is SALT’s first ever feature on Fashion. Many of our readers, especially from abroad, have been requesting coverage of fashion in South Asia. It was decided to feature one person, from among all South Asian countries, whose contribution, creativity, consistency – and originality – were undeniably ahead of others in the past decade. We, therefore, asked our discerning readers and other keen followers and critics of fashion – within India and abroad – to name the ‘Designer of the Decade.’ There were no close ties – the verdict was very clear – Sabyasachi Mukherjee!

For somebody so young and new to the fashion industry, Sabyasachi’s success has been nothing short of meteoric. We bring you a glimpse of his past creations and a foretaste of his 2011 collection. – Editor

The closing collection by Sabyasachi Mukherjee on the final day of the Lakme Fashion Week was a great and a grand spectacle. He had created a bridal collection almost entirely out of Patan Patola. Patola saris are a 750-year-old traditional weave indigenous to Patan, a small town in northern Gujarat. Creating a patola sari is a six to eight month process.  The fabric is woven using the complicated double ikat weaving technique, the details of which are a closely-guarded family secret, handed down from generation to generation by the artisans. In fact, there are only four families now that still weave patola fabric - once worn by royalty.

Eleven years ago, Sabyasachi Mukherjee graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India, with three major awards - and four months later, introduced his own label ‘Sabyasachi’. By 2005 he had shown his collections on catwalks in New York, London, Milan, Oxford – and of course India.

At once bohemian, elegant and stunning, his creations – in rich colours and unusual ancient fabrics with creative ethnic embellishments – are a work of art. He has made extensive use of bagru prints from Rajasthan on cotton and other hand woven fabrics. He describes his own collections as ‘an International styling with an Indian soul’.









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