Tomorrow (November 22), on designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s official Instagram account you will see images of Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s first collaboration for designer leather juttis with the signature red soles. The first two pairs of this collaboration were specially created for and worn by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh for their Anand Karaj, one of the two ceremonies the couple observed as part of their wedding rituals at Lake Como recently.
Tradition remains relevant forever K Radharaman, CEO and design head from The House of Angadi’s label Advaya says, no trend can be sustained without serious design innovation By: Ranjani Govind Though his family has been in the business of textiles for over 600 years, 38-year-old K Radharaman’s label Advaya from The House of Angadi was […]
Meet the Designer Behind Deepika’s Gorgeous Wedding Saris There’s no doubt Deepika Padukone looked flawless at her wedding. While several initially thought the bride had picked out outfits by Sabyasachi, it was later clarified that though the design house had styled Deepika, the red Kanjeevaram sari she wore at her Chitrapur Saraswat ceremony and the […]
Deepika’s Kanjivaram Sarees: In Conversation with House of Angadi When Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh announced that they were going to tie the knot, everyone went into a tizzy about the details. Where would they wed, how would the ceremonies be designed and more importantly – which designers would the starry couple wear to the […]
The design head and CEO of in-house label Advaya, helms Angadi Galleria, a business with a 600-year-old history of weaving. Bengaluru-based Radharaman is in Mumbai to discuss participation in the forthcoming Lakmé Fashion Week with organisers IMG-Reliance. “I haven’t decided whether I should take part, but we were in discussion long before the story broke,” he tells mid-day, referring to news about him being behind Deepika Padukone’s wedding and reception sarees.
The owners of The House of Angadi, an upmarket sari label from Bengaluru, have always been media shy. Getting K. Radharaman, the 38-year-old CEO and design head, to pose for a photograph is quite a challenge, and it takes the combined efforts of the photographer and Radharaman’s wife Supriya (who says very firmly that she doesn’t want to be photographed) to get him to relax and pose. Even then, he’s visibly uncomfortable, and rushes away as soon as the shoot is done.
Who knew that the fiery red color of the Hibiscus lent a gentle mauve shade to fabrics? Just like love, one would say, that’s fierce and proud outside and gentle and dreamy inside.The fascination of understanding how some common elements in the environment could lend colours and shades to fabrics, jewellery and art had sparked the imagination of people for over 40,000 years.
The 38-year-old Cornell University graduate is definitely not your typical silk sari manufacturer. He has imbibed his family’s 600-year-old weaving heritage and picked up the nuances of the business from his father
R Kothandaraman (fondly known as R. K. Raman) whose clients included the likes of Indira Gandhi, MS Subbulakshmi, Pupul Jayakar and Nargis Dutt. “It’s been in my blood. Quite frankly, I learnt it from the best guru I could’ve had, which was my father. I founded the company on my own, even though it was a business my forefathers have been in and it has been a continuing tradition for centuries,” says Radharaman.
Today, Angadi Galleria has 40,700 followers on Instagram, its consumer enquiries are on a steroid rise, 51 publications have written about it and everyone who has any interest in what Deepika Padukone wore for her wedding and reception knows about the sari store in Bengaluru with a history of over 600 years in the textile trade.