A brand brought alive by two childhood friends who share a common mission of keeping Patiala’s hand-craft legacy alive, House of Patiala by Saurab-Rajeshwari captures the culture and fashion of Royal Punjab. A legacy driven brand based out of Punjab with global imprints online it is an expression of the costume tradition of a bride from Punjab.

Whilst Saurab, born and brought up in the pristine city of Patiala started his journey with bridal couture in 2012, globally acclaimed shooting champion Rajeshwari Kumari finds the need to keep her family’s legacy alive. Together they present to legacy lovers a very refreshing collection of bridal wear.

Saurab has worked with craftsmen and artisans all over the country to highlight indigenous tilla and zardozi work. He is currently focused on reviving the traditional art of Phulkari, native to Punjab. Rajeshwari meanwhile is inspired by the feisty women of her family who for years have not just expressed their feminine side through the craft of Bagh and phulkari but also nurtured women from their surrounding villages who practice this craft as a means of livelihood. The daughter of Raja Randhir Singh, Acting President, Olympic Council of India, Rajeshwari Shooting champion number one in India and number 6 globally wears both the hats of fashion revivalist and sportswoman with equal élan.

“ Born in the culturally rich city of Patiala I felt our regal legacy, our history of craft patronage needed to be kept alive and hence I joined hands with Saurab who has a trained eye in fashion,” Shares Rajeshwari. Adds Saurab,” Couture and design is in my blood And Punjab’s rich craft heritage my pride. Nothing is more elegant than a Punjabi bride draped in her phulkari odhna. This is the tradition that I want to keep alive.”

Launching with a very ethereal collection of bridals crafted by hand in the most luscious of pastels and worn with the phulkari dupatta, the sup now focuses on a stunning Bagh collection. The collection they are currently working on is the Bagh collection, which consists of the finest Phulkari work seen nowadays. Phulkari is threadwork that uses linear stitches to create intricate flower-like

Patterns. The finished work is known as bagh (or garden) and worn by women in Punjab during marriages and festivals. Women embroidered on khaddar (coarse cotton) on the wrong side of the fabric using silken threads called pat da dhaga.In Bagh (meaning garden) style, the entire surface is embroidered. By using the darning stitch (horizontal, vertical and diagonal), numerous designs are made.

A revered canvas of expression for years for women of Punjab, phulkari and Bagh when coupled with the couture labels impeccably finished bridal ensemble gain a new, rich meaning. It is like the finest of both worlds: luxury couture and handcraft heritage coming together.

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