in Royal Blue Banaras


Created using Upcycled fabric

Our Avaśa is an open front cocktail jacket characterised by accentuated sleeves that are gathered, tucked and puffed to create a unique effect.

An obeisance to tradition, this weave in a rich, royal blue pure katan silk, boasts gold Mughal motifs. Each motif has been individually handwoven using a Kadwa (Kadhua) technique.

Edged with thick, gold borders this piece is a beautiful symphony of traditional weave and contemporary design.

  • 100% pure Habotai Silk lining
  • Contrasting Lining (Mustard yellow)
  • Concealed seams and stitches / No fastenings or closures
  • Made by hand
  • Craft:  Handloom weave
  • Origin:  Varanasi
  • Time on loom approx:  30 days of love, care & craft

Lined in luxurious pure habotai silk, the Avaśa offers versatility.

She can be worn with jeans, faux leather leggings, skirts or over dresses. Style her up or down as you wish!

Benarasi…the affectionate name for sarees woven in Varanasi. As timeless as the City itself, these silks are (in our opinion) the piѐce de resistance of all saree textiles!

Synonymous with intricate designs, eclectic motifs, rich embroidery, softness, ease of drape, luxurious textures and breath-taking opulence (we promise you the list goes on!), Banaras silk was introduced to India by the Mughal Empire (1000 to 300BC).

The confluence of Mughal and Hindu influence resulted in the creation of unique patterns, shades, designs and weaving techniques that can only be found in Varanasi.

This ancient ‘city of lights’ situated along the banks of the river Ganga, is home to some of the most talented artisans known as Karigars.

A Benarasi saree takes anywhere from 15 – 30 days to weave by hand. Based on the complexity of the design, this process could require up to 3 weavers working on a single piece.

The process begins with sketching of the designs onto graph paper by an artist, to create design boards. The final design is only created after a series of punch cards are made. Hundreds of perforated cards are required for a single design!

Threads, in colours across the colour spectrum, are then used to knit these cards on the loom.

Watch our video to view this traditional artform in action

We love that this piece has been made using upcycled fabric. Foremost are the environmental benefits associated with upcycling, but there is also the storytelling component. A fabric that lives on in a different form, for a different purpose.