The British Sari Story - the project

The British Sari Story started in 2007 with a competition for a British sari. It was the 60th anniversary of Indian independence and we asked competitors 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 and a starting point for design and thought. The competition was free, ad open to everyone. Some of the entrants were professional designers; others had done little art and design since school.

We were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Awards for All.
We unveiled the winners at Brent Museum in October 2007: Nilesh Mistry, with his Sari for Harrow, was the overall winner. This project, and the project that followed (Stitch) are presented in the V&A Museum publication British Asian Style (publ. 2010).

We’ve kept a blog as a record of the project and updated it as activities have developed.

See below for a photogallery: