Now, the art teacher who has been living in Chennai for the past two decades, has finally come out with a boutique of her own in the city to nurture this interest.
“My advent into textile designing started with my art career. I have been interested in art since childhood and that later on expanded into an interest in weaves. I was teaching art a few years ago and the mothers of some of my students noticed the eye I had for picking good fabrics. They wanted me to pick out fabrics for them as well.
So, I started doing this as a home-based business for a while. Since both my father and grandfather were involved in the textile business, it was easier for me to find my footing.
At first there were just 40 people I was catering to. Then that became 80 and 180 and soon I had a good client base. This is how I decided to launch the present store, Artt n Attire. Our collection caters to the women who want to be simple and traditionally modern. It comprises handwoven sarees, suits, dupattas and lehengas curated, designed and handpicked from the corners of Varanasi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and the like,” says Shilpa.
Shilpa adds that it is the giving back to the handloom industry that brings a lot of joy. “We provide skill training to many artisans who are involved in the handloom business in the hope that we can make them financially stronger and independent.
These are skills handed down for generations that had once put India on the map for the greatness of its textiles. We hope to revive that success,” she explains.