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‘Khadi’s Refinement Lies In Its Humility’

The brilliant, bearded, Bengali designer on why he wants to make khadi walk the fashion talk

‘Khadi’s Refinement Lies In Its Humility’
Manasa Medishetty
‘Khadi’s Refinement Lies In Its Humility’
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If fashion found a place in India’s Independence Day celebrations, Sabyasachi Mukherjee would certainly take a bow. His heart beats for khadi. Seven years after he arrived on the fashion scene as the brilliant, bearded, Bengali designer with a penchant for Indian textiles and intricate Parsi embroidery, it is the revival of khadi that has emerged as the strongest undercurrent of his work. He has used it in each of his collections in some form or the other.

Other designers use khadi too, but Sabyasachi has been the most successful in selling it, thanks partly to his insatiable Marwari clientele, which makes sure his clothes are sold out two hours after they are put out on retail shelves. He tries to wear this fondness for khadi lightly, insisting it is not a patriot’s agenda, but he doesn’t really succeed. Usually cynical, bored with the ‘intellectual’ tag the media has thrust on him and always restive, he becomes unapologetically eloquent if you so much as mention Indian weaves, the sari or Fabindia. He does a hardsell...

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