I started my career as a fashion stylist for television ad-shoots after I got married wore saree on regular basis as I love wearing saree and I respect the attire brought down by my grandmothers and mothers.
I took career break because of random shoot timings, got busy with my family and kids. I was a housewife and used to get many compliments for the way I wore sarees, I used to help people drape saree and so they started recommending me to others, this is how I realized I should start taking workshops and change this passion into profession. Saree is classic Indian attire and has perennial and eminent history and I want to popularize the art of perfect saree draping.
My workshops under Mayuri Saree draping tutorials last for three hours and I teach at least five Different draping styles per workshop.
Women who usually cater to my workshops are between age group of 21 to 55, some are about to get married and others come to brush up their skills and learn newer ways to drape sarees.
Trying to revive the art of draping I teach different fusion draping styles with pant or a shirt or with crop top; draping saree in gown style or pant style and many more… kind of combination of cultural influence with modern sensibilities.
My greatest inspiration are my clients who push me to innovate.
I have done draping for brides, celebrity ad-shoots, catalogue-shoots,polticians wives, weddings, even foreigners are not left behind I have draped many foreigners in big fat Indian weddings.
Saree is a powerful fashion statement.
I know around 150 to 200 styles of saree draping,for me draping workshops are more than passion, I keep discovering more which keeps me updated with current fashion.
Like every other job this also has its own challenges like dealing with different garments stressful brides.
Draping Mukesh Ambanis sister Deepti salgaonkar and her daughter Isheta Salgaonkar for Akash Ambanis wedding was a big break.
Every single draping is a learning experience for me as every woman has different body structure and different style taste.
Mostly women prefer beauty parlour services for saree draping but in current times they have realised that professional drapers can add an element to make their appearance more attractive which makes a strong statement of expressing oneself.
My husband has been the biggest strength and support system, as they say behind every successful man is a woman, I proudly say behind every successful woman is a man who supported and encouraged her.
(Written by Raavya Sarda)