“Beauty of style, harmony, and grace solemnly depends on simplicity and an Indian woman draped in pleated saree symbolizes the essence of raw beauty and simplicity.”
India has been a home to some of the most exquisite fabrics since time immemorial, boundaries of which boasts their exclusivity. The traditional Indian saree is one which is neither machine made, nor the fabric of which is imported from other countries. The traditional handloom sarees thus form one such quintessential Indian handicraft that has remained uninfluenced or rather untarnished by westernisation.
Dr. Padmavati Dua, popularly known as Chinna Dua is a radiologist by profession and a saree hoarder by passion. Her social media platforms are a testimonial to her love for traditional Indian sarees. Holding a splendid collection of beautifully curated sarees from all over the country, she has taken to Instagram, where she frequently showcases her “outfit of the day”- an elegantly draped saree. Her personal touch comes from the way she chooses to accessorise with statement necklaces, customised clutches and hand painted bindis. She includes a brief description of the Saree to go with her pictures describing the significance of that particular Saree and it’s sentimental value in her life.
While studying at The Lady Irwin School which had a Bengali section, Chinna used to see many girls show up in sarees on the occasion of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja and wished to wear one too! An admirer of the nine-yard cloth from her childhood years, Chinna says she received her first saree when she was in the fourth standard. It was a gift from one Mr. K.D. Gupta, her next door neighbour whom she fondly refers to as “mama”. It was a peach coloured saree with Zarifrom Kolkata especially designed for very young girls.
Boasting a grand collection of over 400 sarees, Chinna lists out the wide variety she holds that seems to leave almost no state untouched from where one could possibly buy a traditional handloom saree. Phulkari from Punjab, Madhubani saree and Bhagal Puri saree from Bihar, Taant, Dhakai,Tangail, Jamdani Saree, Begumpuri, and Dhonekali sarees from Kolkata to name a few. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, she has many Kanjeevaram sarees too. Besides these, she has a great number of Kashmiri sarees and sarees from Odisha.
Here are our favourite eight sarees from Chinna’s closet
A beautiful green silk saree, with an all over woven pattern in a base colour, a zariborder and pallu with paisleys paired with a bright yellow Chanderiblouse with motifs in bright pink, purplish blue and teals green.
An off-white Dhonekali, with woven horizontal stripes, strips of bold fish motifs in black and turmeric yellow. The upper border is black and lower turmeric yellow with tiny woven triangles on both the upper and the lower border. The pallu is simple with with broad black trip, a few narrow stripes in black and a narrow strip with woven chevron motifs in off-white and black. The saree is paired with a turmeric yellow with black ikat blouse.
A peacock two tone blue-green Gadwal saree with a gorgeous fuchsia border and pallu with zarifloral and paisley motifs. The saree has tiny floral motifs all over. The saree is paired with its own fuchsia blouse with a border similar to that on the saree.
A fuchsia cotton silk mixed material saree with beautiful woven designs in yellow, beige and green.
A beige Kantha Saree with multi coloured leaf-like embroidered designs all over paired with a wine coloured Kantha blouse.
A white crisp cotton Dhonekali with a red border also called Lal Paar. The saree has red woven motifs all over and more densely on the pallu which has a few red stripes and broad plain red strips. The plain red border is sandwiched between two borders with red woven motifs depicting two petals and the centre of a flower. The saree is paired with a red blouse with a beautiful embroidered design on its back depicting the Durga.
A soft mug cotton saree which drapes very well and is perfect for the summers. It has beautiful block printed floral motifs in orange, turquoise and mehendi green. The pallu has geometric chevron look alike pattern in green and teal. The border has white floral motifs outlined by turquoise with mehendi green leaves. The selvedge is a beautiful turquoise. The saree is paired with a white blouse with the same border and small teal polka dots all over.
A rust Ayarambuta saree or HazaarButi cotton saree with faint pista green woven checks and woven circular floral motifs alternating with Annapakshi motifs. These motifs are seen as strips on the pallu too. The pallu and the border have small pista green temples. The pallu also has a wide strip of woven honey comb pattern. The saree is paired with a white and pista green check silk blouse.
These are only a few among many fo Chinna Dua’s beautiful sarees that caught our eye. To be a part of her journey chronicling her phenomenal Saree collection follow her on Instagram