Couturier Gaurang Shah’s obsession with jamdani weaves is evident in his wedding ensembles too, and actor Jaya Ahsan weaves poetry around four such wedding looks for Indulge Jaya Ahsan in a Gaurang Shah creation He just showcased Chaand, an exquisite collection of jamdani weaves spanning across Dhaka, Varanasi, Kota, Srikakulam, Uppada, Venkatagiri, Kashmir and Paithan at the second phygital edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. And now, textile revivalist Gaurang Shah has come up with an equally enthralling wedding ensemble where he continues to experiment with the interlocking of yarns, without the weft, creating magic in threads with intense bursts of colours.
As we shoot four wedding looks from Gaurang’s collection with Bangladeshi National Award-winning actress Jaya Ahsan , we get a lowdown from the designer on what works for this bridal season. Jaya Ahsan in a bright yellow bridal lehenga by Gaurang Shah Tell us about your wedding collection?
This season I have experimented with the interlocking of yarns, without the weft, to reproduce the colours in a more vibrant manner. The gorgeous saris incorporate old-fashioned embroideries while some have embroidery-like patterns with weaves. The ensembles also have Kashmiri paisleys, French knots, and the Parsi Gara art that are so traditional and timeless, making them an obvious choice for any bridal trousseau. Jaya Ahsan in a handwoven heavy silk sari by Gaurang Shah What will be trending big time this wedding?
In our Chaand collection we have showcased a beautiful handwoven silk sari in lavender and aqua blue. The sari features an aqua blue drape embellished with huge floral motifs in the shades of red, white, yellow and pink, and it descends into tidy lavender pleats that match the border of the drape.
We are also seeing a great comeback of the gorgeous Banarasi silk and we have a traditional orange Banarasi silk sari embellished with zari waved polka dots that come around the saree with pink striped border followed by rich zari pallu pink banarasi with a three-fourth sleeve blouse. These are truly bridal staples for all ages who are looking to be at their vibrant best. Jaya Ahsan in a sharara by Gaurang Shah What kind of accessories will work for this wedding season?
Be a minimalist when you wear handlooms. Go with accessories that blend with your clothing and put the spotlight on what you are wearing. Whether it is footwear or earpieces.
Fashion faux pas one must avoid during the wedding season?
Wear what makes you the very best. Avoid fashion indulgences that do not reflect your personality and the theme of the wedding that either you are attending or are a part of it.
Wedding wardrobe essentials?
Sari, there is nothing like a beautiful hand-woven sari that captures your cultural, social and bridal sensibilities. One can also try a fusion of Indian gowns, lehengas, Anarkalis and ghagras.
Your upcoming collections?
I have combined Kota and Kanchi woven with floral motifs in English pastels. I have also incorporated traditional embroidery-like patterns with weaves. Kashmiri paisleys, […]