Who we are
An Indian Slow Fashion Research Lab with a storyteller, consultant and crafter Avatar. It develops researched fashion content, which manifests into simple clothing with Vedic, Zerowaste and Zen aesthetic. It is created by Bhavana, Fashion Editor-Writer (formerly with Femina). Her love for saris, 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 to build stories. And use them to repurpose nostalgic cotton, silk or silk-cotton saris. Based on a ‘design to minimise waste’ method (#rephilosphy and #spiritualdesign) each sari is lovingly converted into ReStyles with handcrafted details. Your personality, identity, memories, and the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar System (six seasons; Rituvu) effect the process.
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, your season 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. Read our ‘design to minimise sari waste’ stories on sustainable platforms
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 and repurposes 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).