Have you ever wondered what to do with your family’s heirloom silk sarees or how to preserve them in a unique way? One lady found the apt solution — to approach a furniture store and get a vintage chair upholstered with the gorgeous pattu (silk). The rich green and orange Kanjeevaram saree that had belonged to her mother was over 30 years old.
The venture aims to take Indian fabrics beyond apparel and using them as upholstery on furniture. One such collection will be exhibited at Cape Kamoryn, a lifestyle boutique in the city. While fabrics from the foothills of Nagaland to the salt floors of Kutch have been used to craft some of the pieces, the spotlight will be on the ones on which Kanjeevaram silks have been used as upholstery.
“These particular six-yards boast of one of the most unique brocade weaving traditions of India and our collection aptly illustrates how resplendently an Indian saree can be draped and showcased in a living room. We’re glad we forayed into the city market because customers here have a high regard for Indian textile traditions,” says Sanju Rao, the founder and creative director of Sihasn.
Speaking about the method in which they convert a saree into upholstery, the company’s co-founder Ganesh Shankar shares, “A team first measures the saree to ensure there is sufficient material. Drawing and cutting follows to create a silhouette of the chair, for example, with the cloth. The pieces are then machine-stitched and fixed onto the chair with a staple gun.” The pallu is finally pleated and ironed before being draped in place.