While discussing the choice of material, she wanted to bring in something unique and zeroed in on Chendamangalam saree from Kerala. “Once we finalised the fabric, the next important question was the pallu and how will the buildings appear on the top side of the saree. For the pallu, we designed Fort St George. Initially, I thought of having the Cooum river on the pallu and different landmarks on the banks of Cooum on the saree. But only those who know about those landmarks could relate to it. Rather than going with how Fort St George looked in British paintings, I gave the current look. We didn’t do any designs on the back of the saree and made sure that all the buildings’ design appeared on the top side of the saree. There are designs of Valluvar Kottam, Santhome Church, Madras Central, Anna Samadhi, Cornwallis Cupola on the saree. We wanted one symbol of a vanished landmark and that’s how Cornwallis Cupola was squeezed in. Also, the name Madras is written in different languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit, Hindi on the saree,” says Padmapriya, who was also involved in the cultural mapping venture of Cooum.