The oldest memory we have of brocade is perhaps a sari that peeked through her silver trunk, as she would take us to down to memory lane. Or a brocade duppatta that our grandmothers would lovingly wrap us with. The rich shuttle-woven fabrics created using gold and silver threads over silk fabric, would always made us wonder if there were other ways of wearing brocade, we would often think. Now there is.
Jaypore, the curated online shop for craft-based designs, has given a twist to the brocade we all so love. Reimaging this vintage Benarasi weave, Jaypore has put together a line called A Brocade Haute Heritage. The journey of the line is equally interesting. The curators at Jaypore started with some of the oldest Benarasi brocade saris aged 30-years and more. While the patina had dulled, the opulent zari work, jewel tones and intricate motifs still glimmered. They then worked closely with master craftsmen, who painstakingly amplified the luster and texture, to bring the weaves back to their original glory.
The next step was to make it versatile, brocades that multi-task, much like us, the modern women. Sleek silhouettes with a hint of pizzazz were added to create a capsule collection of contemporary designs that fits our lifestyle. So, there are angrakhas for evening soirees, statement-making jamas and jackets for pretty much any occasion, lehengas just right for that best friend’s wedding, and a range of cholis and pants for you to mix and match. Every piece of separates can be used to create fusion looks.