BANARAS… A city of silks for some and a cultural tourist destination for others. But for me, Banaras is the pulse of everything I do! While I was rummaging through its history for some inspiration, the spiritual person in me instantly stood in awe of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. The first one to rebuild Kashi Vishwanath Temple in 1776, which was earlier devastated by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, she was truly a force to reckon with!
My reverence towards her grew deeper when I discovered her myriad qualities. Her thirst for knowledge, progressive outlook, soulful, nurturing nature - not just for her family but all the people of Malwa in her 30 years of Golden Rule. And this is when it hit me, there is an Ahilya in every woman of today! Be it withstanding the modern battles, proficiently juggling between home & professional lives or mustering the courage to settle for nothing less than they deserve, today’s woman is a unique manifestation of Rani Ahilya, in their own way!
With my new collection, I wanted to pay homage to the glorious Ahilya Bai & her contribution towards preserving the Indian heritage. Though I thought of numerous poetic interpretations, nothing stood as compelling as her name. So, dear women of today, I present to you ‘Ahilya’ - A pastel-hued selection of super-smooth & flowy handwoven sarees. Just like the queen, these are one-of-its-kind and thoughtfully designed to make you feel like the highest version of yourself!