Deepika Padukone‘s bridal look is something that is now inscribed in our memories like a perfect picture. Her Konkani wedding look, especially, was in focus when the news of its origin came to surface. It was indeed a pleasant surprise for everyone and then the details about her wedding sarees poured in, which just added to the ‘aww‘ moment.
After knowing all the beautiful details of her sarees, we were very keen on knowing more about the origins of them. So, we got in touch with the designer, who was the man behind the gorgeous drapes Deepika donned at her wedding and reception. The conversation with House of Angadi‘s store founder, Mr K. Radharaman who revealed to us further details of her looks.
Here’s what he had to tell us about both her sarees:
Deepika was personally present and tried out the sarees before they completed their
selection. As is the case with most high profile weddings, the choice of sarees was a
joint decision by members of the family including Deepika herself. While the design
was not customised for Deepika, it is among the rarest and most exclusive of
designs from “Advaya” the label by K Radharaman for The House of Angadi.
The Gandaberunda is symbolic of Deepika’s home state of Karnataka and is a
mythical two headed Bird. The Gandaberunda is part of Indian legend and folklore
and represents prosperity and wisdom – i.e. material and spiritual wealth. It is a
symbol of royalty and heritage and the fact that Deepika wore it for her wedding
and chose a label from Bangalore is a matter of pride.The saree worn for the reception is an Advaya tissue brocade saree and is a pure zari Kanjeevaram. The body is embellished with a beautiful all over ‘Jaal‘ and the Pallav is closely woven. Both designs are part of the Advaya Heritage Series and are limited edition pieces.
The saree worn for the traditional wedding ceremony that took place in Lake Como
took approximately 45 days and the saree worn at the Bangalore reception took
approximately 60 days to make.
The Kanjeevaram has its own unique design vocabulary, construction and techniques
that distinguish it from other genres. The purchase of a Kanjeevaram used to always
be seen as a family ritual especially for weddings and the knowledge of buying the
right saree was passed on from generation to generation. A Kanjeevaram saree is exemplified by its use of real zari. The characteristic lustre and luxurious drape make the Kanjeevaram saree a statement of luxury and high bearing.
I never imagined that I would end up working as a designer. I was fortunate that my
father agreed to mentor me and teach me the nuances of design and weaving – he
is an institution by himself, and so I learnt from the master. I guess, I always had it in
my blood and my exposure to the family archives kindled my latent interest in the
We’re still amazed by the fact that these traditional sarees took more than a month to hand weave. That’s why we also understood the importance of the hard work that goes into the making of Kanjeevaram sarees.
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