Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari – Childlike Fun, and A Lot to Learn

Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari – Childlike Fun, and A Lot to Learn

Every person in India has an intimate memory related to saree. Sometimes, it is tied up in mum’s pallu in the form of her smell; sometimes, it’s in the form of the bright, solid colours that strict but caring teacher always used to wear. Sometimes, it’s in that Saraswati puja when a classmate suddenly looked prettier than ever in her first Tnaat saree. Sometimes it’s a wedding Benarasi. Sarees have a way of draping our lives with warmth. Every Indian wardrobe has several sarees tucked away as a physical reminder of something special. For some, it is a personal experience. For others, it’s all about someone very close to the heart.

Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari - Something for the creative minds: JustODThings

Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari – Something for the creative minds

Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari – Childlike Fun, and A Lot to Learn

And while we are more inclined to wear western outfits these days, the true patrons of the beautiful six yards are gradually taking to social media. One of the fastest growing group groups of saree lovers on Facebook is Saree Shayari. Created and administered by Panchali Dutta and Swarnali Chatterjee Bandyopadhyay, this group has been joined by almost ten thousand women within just one and a half months of its inception!

Admins Swarnali Chatterjee Bandyopadhyay (left) and Panchali Dutta (right) at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari: Oendrila De JustODThings

Admins Swarnali Chatterjee Bandyopadhyay (left) and Panchali Dutta (right) at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari

Fabric painting workshop by Saree Shayari

Saree Shayari‘s first step to engaging its members in a fun and interactive manner was a workshop on fabric painting. In this workshop, the participants were taught to use fabric colour to make faux Kantha stitch patterns and use bright colours on fabric to change the look of a saree. The workshop taught the enthusiastic members of the group about fabric paints, patterns, etc. And, as I talked to the ladies busy in their work, I could observe an enormous amount of juvenile excitement among them, as they each picked their colours and patterns, and sat beside each other, personalising their sarees, like a class full of children in their art and crafts class.

Members of the fastest growing Facebook saree group at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari: Oendrila De JustODThings

Members of the fastest growing Facebook saree group at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari

The fabric painting workshop by Saree Shayari, held at Orko`s Restaurant & Lounge Bar in City Centre I, Salt Lake, came to an end with a lovely lunch and various games. At the end of it all, the participants walked out with smiles on their faces, after an entire afternoon of child-like fun, and the knowledge to re-establish their enthusiasm for saree; after all, each of them now knows how to make a saree really her own, and make it reflect her personal style.

Participants busy having fun and learning at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari: Oendrila De

Participants busy having fun and learning at the Fabric Painting Workshop by Saree Shayari

What’s next for Saree Shayari

This workshop is only the first step of the group to establish itself as a platform for women to talk about their love for saree, for entrepreneurs to grow their saree business by showcasing their products in various ways, for women in general to showcase their looks. It strives to remind us of the beauty, versatility and variety of the traditional Indian wear. The group is taking baby steps to reach out to the women of Bengal and wants to get to the rest of India. It plans to conduct exhibitions, workshops, interactive sessions, and a lot more. It seems that much is in store for us as their pre-puja and puja blasts begin from August 2017.

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  1. Panchali Dutta says:

    Excellent writing. Thanks a lot

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