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The quintessential Indian sari has moved beyond its traditional image. It is not just a staple for weddings, but also a part of formal workwear. With summers in full swing, workwear choices may vary, it is no longer about slipping into power suits or skirts, saris too can be a great option. From Anavila Mishra’s exquisite linen drapes to malkha cotton by Padmaja to Pichika’s handpainted renditions, there are ample workwear sari labels choices. 

Peeli Dori

Image: Courtesy Peel Dori Instagram
Image: Courtesy Peel Dori Instagram

Niharika Chaudhary launched her brand intending to retain the beauty of Indian textiles; to infuse them with a slight edge. Today, her beautiful saris define daily wear; think intricate handlooms in greys, creams and gold, a blitzkrieg of hues, and whimsical motifs, embellishments, and patterns. Through this label, Chaudhary’s aims to give local craftsmen a work cycle in which they thrive by familiarising themselves with new techniques.

Keyah

Image: Courtesy Keyah Instagram
Image: Courtesy Keyah Instagram

Think of handlooms and a very traditional image of saris emerges. But that’s not the case with Bangalore-based label Keyah. You can count on their drapes for office. Think chiffons and organzas; chanderi tissue saris. All this in a variety of hues and sometimes even featuring brocade silks in jewel tones. What’s not to love?

Anavila Mishra

Anavila Mishra
Image: Courtesy Anavila Mishra Instagram

Think of workwear sari labels and Anavila Mishra’s beautiful summer drapes stand out. Her sari reinterpretations of the traditional drape in organic linen, khadi, and tussar silk have struck a chord with modern Indian women. Think fabrics like kala cotton and silk khadi along with linen. Techniques like cording, pleating, and the use of crochet embroideries. For anyone intrigued by subtle hues, the range is wide; from greys to charcoal to soft pinks, there are options galore. 

Galang Gabaan

Image: Courtesy Instagram
Image: Galang Gabaan Courtesy Instagram

A brainchild of Lipsa Hembram, Galang Gabaan is all about taking the Odisha legacy forward. Derived from the local Santhali language, the name of the brand stands for ‘to create something out of love’ and the same is evident in every creation. It offers beautifully hand-painted drapes in striking hues of pinks, greys, powder blues, and blacks for anyone looking for an heirloom piece. More so, expect Sambalpur ikat work, Pipli patchwork, and prints inspired by the famous bamboo work of Odisha.

Padmaja

Image: Courtesy Padmaja Textiles Instagram
Image: Courtesy Padmaja Textiles Instagram

Looking for something sustainable? This label will surely help your goals. Bangalore-based Padmaja primarily focuses on natural materials and slow techniques. With zero wastage and upcycling at their core, they churn out exquisite saris made in malkha cotton and khadi. Whatever goes waste is used in their beautiful patchwork blouses. This is a go-to label for ditsy florals, chequered prints and strips.

Staff writer