The festive season is almost upon us, and if you are familiar with Pujos in Kolkata, you’ll know it’s a season marked with celebrations, feasting, and of course, fashion. For those currently in a shopping frenzy, you’re in for a treat. Ekaya Banaras, a label known for its exquisite Benarasi handlooms, is going to be in residence at Mono from September 14 to October 9.
One of India’s first luxury handloom brands, Ekaya Banaras has been working with weavers for over 120 years to preserve and refine the best of Banarasi craftsmanship. The brand was founded by Palak Shah in 2012 as an extension of the family business, and the label is now known for its intricate handloom making techniques in the country.
Ekaya will be showcasing its collection at Mono, a store that pays homage to design by bringing together designers from all over the country. The line has been handpicked to include some of the most striking pieces from Ekaya’s repertoire.
”Calcutta, according to me, is a key city that has always been consistent in heritage and is deeply rooted in tradition. I also believe that most of the brides favour the regal Banarasi saris. Therefore, Mono has given me a great platform to extend the visibility and influence of the brand in the city,” says, Palak Shah, CEO, Ekaya.
Expect rich textures in vibrant colours and the finest georgettes, silks, and chiffons. Dupattas with subtler designers start at Rs 7,500 and those with elaborate overall weave at Rs 25,000. A stunning new collection of saris is priced between Rs 25,000 and 80,000. You’ll also find exquisite Tanchoi with texture as soft as butter in orange and pink along with the eye-popping rani pink sari, embellished with purple and green peacock motifs.
There is also a prêt-à-porter collection featuring anarkalis and ghagras in deep plum with hints of zari on the sleeves; its billowing skirts highlight the bird and nature motifs reminiscent of Mughal miniatures. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Pujo look or a new addition to your trousseau, each piece of this collection is definitely worth a visit.