A mark of tradition and good luck charm in Bengalis, Laal Paad sarees are a calling for new beginnings and joy. This unique collection of handwoven saris in cotton with cotton silk satin borders, exclusive block prints and weave patterns are sure to bring out your natural charm.
There is fun, there is quirk, there is charm and there is drama. A saree is an attire that lets you be yourself. Tradition is about expression, an expression of your own self. Bring in your own style and charisma to our handcrafted Laal Paads.
The magical weave stands apart with the small booties woven all over, and golden zari borders add a subtle sheen. On a personal note, I had fallen in love at first sight (along with my Bengali beau!) with these beauties!
This enchanting story in red and white spun around the inhabitants of Chakda, a small village near Kolkata. During my visit, I noticed that every house had a loom weaving these Laal Paad shada sarees; most of the weavers were supplying it to the local shops in and around Kolkata at meager prices, just to make ends meet.
Generally, it’s the entire family that weaves such sarees, however, if there is only one weaver involved, each saree takes about 5-8 days of manual labor. Due to poor returns, some of these have already moved to the city in search for better job opportunities or shifted to power looms for a faster turnout.
Convincing these weavers to work according to my vision was a challenge. If you have ever worked in Kolkata and you’re not a Bengali, and do not speaking Bengali, you’ll know what I mean! But now, I can communicate in Bengali as fluently as any other born Bengali would.
So, we at Studio Moya worked closely with these weavers in getting them back to what they did best and created this collection of Laal Paads that stand apart with their Satin Silk borders. On a regular basis, these Laal Paads are woven in all kinds of fabric bases such as silk, cotton, chanderi etc. with plain as well as myriad weave patterns.
We wanted to create a range which had the lightness of cotton but with the richness of silk. The body of the saree is in Bengal cotton and the borders are in satin weave with the silk coming on top, which adds sheen to the neutral off white base. The temple and floral motifs along with sporadically occurring splashes of gold zari highlight the uniqueness of the saree. The combination of block prints is like a confluence of two unique styles of adornment.
For me these sarees are like my first love, quite literally! Discover them yourself, tell your own tale, because there is always something you want to express when you wear a saree.