Bridging Arts

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Zahra Ahmed's stunning tunic sari

I have just written a piece for the website and created a photo gallery there - but I think that the blog has a different readership. So am repeating here... Zahra Ahmed was a recent winner of the British Sari Story competition (seeking a radically different way of wearing the sari and a design to challenge traditional thinking
Her short-skirted sari impressed the judges, and the sari retailer RCKC which made up the design in India. Zahra, from Peterborough, is  - amazingly - still at school, in the final year of A levels.
"I based the shape and design of this sari on the edgier and more urban sytle of British girls today. This is why I shortened the length of hte sari. It could be worn like this, or with leggings or skinny jeans for the more modest wearer."

The sketch that inspired the pallau...

And the pallau design: "There are straight sharp lines all over the fabric... randomly placed. I drew the lines so that they ressemble disco laser lights, which adds an energetic and modern feel to the sari."

A tear sheet of 'British' images in Zahra's sketchbook...

Zahra adjusting her sari, made up by RCKC (sari retailer) in India, at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, October 2010.

Zahra with her mother, at the Show.