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Read the motivational story of Sabyasachi Mukherjee- An Indian Fashion entrepreneur


Indian fashion designers have always made our India proud in the renowned fashion circles with their deep-rooted Indian design traditions. Right from ethnic to the everyday outfits, Indian fashion designers know the art of making them look absolutely striking.

One such renowned name in the fashion industry is Sabyasachi Mukherjee. When one thinks Sabyasachi, one thinks sarees. That’s how closely interconnected they are. He has a successful bridal business and blends traditional textiles with modern designs. Sabyasachi Mukherjee has been instrumental in reshaping and revamping the traditional Indian outfits, making them famous all over the world. His extraordinary creative vision has made him soar to great heights while staying rooted to all the inherent glamour and tradition that India has to offer in the realm of fashion.

Born to a middle-class Bengali family in Kolkata, Sabyasachi had a keen interest in handicrafts and craftsmanship. When his father lost his job, paying for Sabyasachi’s education was very tough. After he expressed his interest in designing clothes, his parents refused to support him in his decision. Sabyasachi then sold all his books and single-handedly paid for his education through relentless hard work and determination towards achieving his aim. Completing his education in one of the most prestigious fashion schools in India, NIFT with numerous awards as a student, his career in the fashion industry began. Mukherjee opened his own workshop with a workforce of just three people and from there he debuted at India Fashion Week in 2002. The Women’s Wear Daily praised and proclaimed him as the future of Indian Fashion and this comment encouraged him to further follow his dream.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee collection

In one of his interviews, Sabyasachi described his style as ‘personalized imperfection of the human hand’. He has drawn most of his ideas from his surroundings and his childhood. Traditional and very ‘Indian’ is his niche and he makes the most of it. The antique use of fabrics, embroideries and elegant textures are beautifully and seamlessly woven into Sarees, Lehengas or Salwar Kameez which are his forte. What makes his designs a class apart from others is the unique blend of colours and fabrics. While the whole world has taken a plunge into modern fashion trends, Sabyasachi’s designs are a fresh breath of air as his designs stay rooted in what India really is. Sabyasachi regards international artists like Monet and Henry Mantisse as his source of inspiration. Currently, He has a self-made company with a lucrative bridal business as well as important Bollywood costume projects. Through the use of indigenous crafts namely the process of weaving and dying the fabric he has s lead the Indian designers into a broader and immensely profitable international fashion market.

His name has spread in the Bollywood glitterati too. There isn’t a single Bollywood actress who hasn’t worn a Sabyasachi. Bollywood fashionistas and divas namely Aishwarya Rai, Sri Devi, Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Hema Malini, all have put on a Sabyasachi sari or salwar. He has also designed costumes for many Hindi movies like Guzaarish, Raavan and Black to name a few.

Sabyasachi has won several accolades from Mercedez-Benz New Asia fashion week and Lakmé Fashion Week and was given the distinction of being the first Indian designer to show at Milan Fashion Week.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee collection

For the last 15 years, Sabyasachi Mukherjee has pioneered and propagated the use of handlooms in his designs. His iconic Khadi, cotton and silk hand woven sarees have won the hearts of the people all over the world. He is of the opinion that hand woven sarees not only create a strong visual statement but also help in carving a distinct identity for a woman in the globalised world.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s work and inspiring story are sure to touch the heart of thousands and motivate every youth to follow their dream with determination.