Raw Mango

At Ensemble, a magnificent display of raw silk awaits me. The store’s latest attempt to patronize the saree, has culminated into a range of hand-woven beauties from Raw Mango.

Part of the Berang collection, the design house’s latest offerings present a canvas of indigo and grey. Their drop-dot pattern orphentiya, as it is locally known, comes from the Akola village in Vidharba. Those familiar with the label’s previous creations would know Raw Mango is otherwise known for its palette of saturated colours. At the store, another rack of fuchsia sarees with contrasting borders – mashroo offering from Benaras – bear witness to the same. 
Founder Sanjay Garg speaks rather eloquently about the traditional techniques employed. “In this country, textiles are not given the respect they deserve. Weavers, many, many weavers, we met along the way, had become drivers by profession.  A part our revival system involved getting them their jobs back. It is what, we as a country, are good at. Handloom is our gift to the world.”
Tina Tahiliani Parikh, herself dressed in a kora and neel creation, talks styling: The Maharashtrian blouse I am wearing, is my own. I love the idea of mix and match. This quilted blouse for example (referring to a Raw Mango piece) would make a lovely jacket. On any other day, however, I would have loved to wear kamarband, a maangtikka and a big bindi.


(as appeared in Luxpresso)
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