This project focused on designing sarees as final deliverables and included a festive saree collection from Maheshwar, a summer spring collection of Linen sarees, and a silk dupatta collection from Benaras. The project started with the linen collection. The inspiration for the collection came from the Topkapi Carpets of the Ottoman Empire. The collection was to be woven with jacquard looms which enabled the designs to have maximum details. The motifs were interpreted in a unique manner so as to be translated into forms for a saree. The collection of Maheswari sarees was meant for the festive season so bright jewel tones were selected. The inspiration for this collection was works of Bauhaus alumni and faculty members Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl. The concept of considering looms as a canvas to build weaves and create design helped in designing this collection. Various online museums, digital documents, Maheshwar-based online shops, and online books were referred to get a clear idea on what becomes a Maheshwari saree. The journey of creating simple, elegant, and classic designs gave insights on how a company such as Fabindia catered to its wide range of customers.
Keywords: Bauhaus, Fabindia, linen sarees, Maheshwari sarees, sarees