Mood & ReStyles 2018 photography by Amrita Haldipur
Made with love by Daalcheeni

Who we are

An Indian Slow Fashion Research Lab with a storyteller, consultant and crafter Avatar. It researches saris, spiritual design, nostalgic ideas and concepts. It is created by Bhavana, Fashion Editor-Writer (formerly with Femina). Her love for everything old-world and Indian, 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) thinking, journalistic experience, fashion education (design undergrad and journalism post-grad.), and mixed lineage (Andhra + Odisha + West Bengal) drives it. 

What we do

Study and document ancient Indian clothing, age-old philosophies, slow fashion, craft, art and design, and people to create fashion content and narratives (ReStories). Repurpose nostalgic cotton, silk or silk-cotton saris using a ‘design to minimise waste’ method (#rephilosphy and #spiritualdesign) to make clothing (ReStyles) with handcrafted details. And build academic and DIY modules (ReSkills) based on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Vedic, Zen and Zerowaste philosophies. 

What we believe in

In retaining the geometricity, space and linearity of each sari weave. So, we avoid ruthless cutting of the fabric. We let the textile, colour, weave, print, decoration and need decide the ReStyles. We like to view the sari from a top view to save sections and designs. E.g. The fabric’s blank area between motifs / butis (negative space) or irregularity is reverential to us. Your personality, identity, memories, and the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar System (six seasons; Rituvu) effect the process, too.

Why we do it

To help retell sari stories in a newer, gentle and mindful way. Of and for individuals who are fiercely-creative, well-travelled and nativity-centric. Because most saris are either bought with care, on-a-whim, are ritualistic, or are hand-me-downs. Irrespective of their source, we love them. But do we wear them every day? No. Which means eventually a few become way too precious, design-heavy, unused or underused. Revastra understands their stories before repurposing them.

How we do it

By treating each sari with spiritual care, geometric handling, and slow-crafted love. By reviving the sari story through maximal usage of the fabric (Vedic techniques: use folding, pleating, draping, tucking and knotting); minimal cutting of the textile design (Zerowaste ideas: imagine the sari first as rectangles, squares, circles or triangles, then as garments); and optimal decoration on the final shapes (Zen focus: eliminate extra design, handcraft fabric leftovers, and keep forms roomy).