Exhibition The Offbeat Sari
Unmissable highlights from #TheOffbeatSari
The Offbeat Sari exhibition brings together examples of trailblazing saris from designers, wearers and craftspeople in India. Explore the 9 unmissable saris presented among other very special designs you can't miss!
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An unusual pairing of cold hard metal and fluid silk, this handcrafted sari comprises a futuristic wave of molten gold, elegantly draped across the body.
The Y2K-infused aesthetic of NBNW remixes a contemporary globalised perspective. The Shimma Sari, a maximalist reinterpretation of Bollywood glamour, has been worn by influencers and celebrities alike.
Explore textiles at their most experimental in this pre-draped sari made from synthetic polymers, with shapes inspired by amoebic forms.
Draped on a cast-concrete plinth, this heavily lacquered sari is not intended to be worn and instead creates a portrait of an absent body. The sculpture recalls the artist’s childhood: her father worked in textiles and her mother was a dressmaker with a fabric shop.
Reflections of iridescent light and textures evoke the organic nature of seaweed shimmering in crystal waters in this beautifully hand-crafted linen and metallic sari.
Curated by Priya Khanchandani, this exhibition will unravel the sari as a metaphor for the complex definitions of India today.
Exhibition photography ©Andy Stagg for the Design Museum.