Future Drape at FSP

Pictures: Rachel Santo; Neal Bhaumik; Indra Joshi, Udipi image courtesy of Ka Sha.


Interest in the beauty and shapes of Indian fashion continues apace. Future Drape is a mixed media exhibition shining a light on the tradition of sari, one of the most common outfits used by the women of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, at pretty Peckham pop-up Friday Sari Project.

Whatever you thought about sari and the women who wear it, think again. In a collaboration with online magazine Border & Fall, the Project showcases ‘The Sari Series’ – a digital anthology documenting India’s regional sari drapes through short films.

Accompanying the films, an installation focuses on the fashion-orientated curation of sari and drape by leading designers; eight saris draped are shown in eight different regional variations. An exhibition of photographs by leading Indian photographers and stylists present a snapshot of contemporary sari styling as beautiful, wearable but also looser and edgier.

Friday Sari Project (FSP) started as a personal blog by of Sri Lankan-born, British-bred Mehala Ford exploring her roots and heritage via sari drape. FSP turned into a journey of discovery, giving others the chance to explore identity, to style sari, and to experiment with drape.

Alongside the imagery, Ford is hosting private Drape Workshops, giving visitors an opportunity to try out some of her favourite drape and styling tips, drawing on the exhibition and installation for references.

Picture captions: Ranchi Saiko drape from Jharkhand, India; Maar Kachha drape from Kerala, India; Mohiniattam drap from Kerala, India; Yakshagana Parvati Kase drap from Karnataka, India; Chodhri drape from Gujarat, India; East Champaran drape from Bihar, India; Venukagundaram drap from Andhra Pradesh, India; Munger drape from Bihar, India; Boggii Posi Kattukodam drape from Andhra Pradesh, India.

Future Drape at The Friday Sari Project, The Old Car Showroom, 25 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BN. Till December 2018. www.fridaysariproject.co.uk/