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My fabulous Friday: Anavila Misra

The Indian fashion designer, who was recently in Dubai for a showcase, talks about her love for sustainable fashion, being a bookworm and going on healthy walks with family

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
21 Jun 2016 | 10:17 am
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ECO ENTHUSIASM

Using organic fabrics like linen and cotton and promoting eco-consciousness and sustainability have become a way of work. I work very closely with artisans like the Santhals of Jharkhand and craft clusters in Bhuj, Pochampalli and Bengal. There’s a lot of responsibility which comes while working with them, so we ensure there’s minimal waste of fabric.

SO SARI

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My love affair with saris and linen started very early, when we used to watch our mother wear her beautiful ones, from kotas to dhakais and Banarasis, for different occasions. My sister and I used to play pretend and my mother generously used to let us use her saris. Linen is a material, which, in the category of saris, can effortlessly make for elegant formal wear.

IT’S MY STYLE

I’m all about comfort, and, to me, a linen or cotton sari accompanied by minimal make-up is relaxed wear. The only beauty product I need for that weekend glow is Ayurvedic Forest Essentials’ Soundarya body oil. Featuring sweet almond oil and 24-carat gold, it’s extremely nourishing.

SAME BUT DIFFERENT

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The best part of living in Mumbai is its beautiful people, how it absorbs diverse cultures and develops character. I love visiting Dubai too. Jumeirah Beach and quaint little shops around that area are some of my favourite spots here.

A FIT FAMILY

I don’t follow any fixed fitness regimen but love going on long walks, especially on weekends when my son and husband Shivam join me. Time spent with them keeps me hale and hearty.

BOOKED IN

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During my time off, I love to unwind with my nose buried in a book. Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead is an all-time favourite, but currently, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person by Hugh Prather has all my attention.

TRENDING NOW

I feel the slow fashion movement, where consumers want to know how the clothes they buy are made and the steps involved, is catching up around the globe, including Dubai. I just presented my Spring/Summer range, Balance, at the Numaish Summer Show here, and received a great response to the monochrome pieces offset by gilded zari.

EAT, REPEAT

I am very simple in my food habits. My favourite meal is the khichri my mother makes. If I could eat at a restaurant every day, I’d do so at Chanrey Tree, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It specialises in Khmer cuisine.

FASH PACK

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Whoever my clients may be, not just celebrities like Konkona Sen Sharma and Kajol, I interact a lot with them. I like to know and understand them. The women who wear my saris have an abiding love for handwoven textiles as well as a mind of their own. I love how different people wearing the same sari in different ways redefines it.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer