Let's be frank--it's not everyone's cup of tea to create something altogether new in the fashion industry. That is why when young textile designer, Tanira Sethi showcased her first-ever collection of cashmere saris this weekend, Delhi's fashionistas were pleasantly surprised. The daughter of Sunil Sethi, President of FDCI, Tanira has crafted an elegant range of luxury drapes for her first collection under the label Taani by Tanira Sethi. She has also developed the first-ever cashmere lace sari. Speaking with Lifestyle, she says, "I am quite pleased and rather overwhelmed by the response."

The genesis of the collection was her graduation project at NIFT, Delhi where she did a concept project of the line, and further developed it at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London where she explored the viability of the product on a larger scale of production. "I experimented with yarn and fabric, weave, colour, edited the concept and visualised to its final stages of its existence.

I wanted to reconnect with the idea of the unstitched cloth in its purest form--you see, I saw people wearing such beautiful saris with such unaesthetic sweaters to stay warm. I thought that if we can make such gorgeous shawls, why not make saris that are also warm? As necessity is the mother of invention, Sethi set to fill in the gaps that were surprisingly not spotted sooner. "I identified this niche market and decided to make a luxury product for it," she shares, adding, "The collection uses 100 per cent woven cashmere wool that is developed in various weaving centres across the country."

The saris line is segmented into 3 design ideologies” pure woven cashmere, a limited edition range of hand-painted cashmere and lastly, the firstever cashmere lace saris that are conceptualised by Ezma Fine Cashmere and woven by Beauvillian Davoine. "It took a year in research and development for the cashmere lace saris. The yarn is sent from India to Paris and then hand embroidered with pure cashmere. The other saris are being produced in different parts of North India."

The range is surprisingly mature yet minimal for such a young designer, in a soft palette of indigo blue, charcoal, muddy browns, ecru with accents of reds and maroons. Details like herringbone, twill and chevron patterns run through the fabrics to an interesting touch. The collection is currently being showcased at Patine at DLF Emporio mall, and is priced from Rs 80,000 onwards.

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