The British Sari Story
The British Sari Story was a competition for a British design for the sari
In 2007, the year of the 60th anniversary of Indian independence, we asked people to design a sari with a radically new style, fabric and patterns reflecting life in the UK today. In other words – to use the sari as a canvas. The competition was free, and open to everyone. Some of the entrants were professional designers; others had done little art and design since school.
We unveiled the winners at Brent Museum: Nilesh Mistry, with his Sari for Harrow, was the overall winner. Click here for photos of the exhibition launch. The exhibition subsequently toured the country. Click here to see a feature in The Guardian about the show.
This project, and the project that followed (Stitch) are presented in the V&A Museum publication British Asian Style (publ. 2010) in a chapter written by Bridging Arts Director Susan Roberts. Here’s a selection of press coverage at the time.
We were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Awards for All.