One for the big day

One for the big day

One for the big day
Designer Tan Kuruvilla, launched her label ‘Kavani’ in 2012 without any commercial aspirations. It was her experiences that motivated her to go ahead with it. When she got married, she realised that the availability of Christian bridal saris was limited. That’s when she thought of giving designing a try.

While designing is something that she learnt on her own, her forte is intricate embroidery and fine cutwork. She likes to work with georgette and chiffon with beadwork and ‘zari’ to give a royal touch to the overall look of an outfit. In a chat with Surupasree Sarmmah, the aspiring designer talks about her journey and more.

Tell us your experiences as a designer...

I am actually an engineer by qualification, but as a child, I was always creatively inclined. I had a knack for art and craft.  Though I have been in this field for five years, my initials days as a designer taught me a lot. In fact, having my own label and dealing with clients and proficient people gave me a lot of knowledge on the go.  It has been a pleasurable experience.

What has been your inspiration?

As a Christian bride, I realised that there were not many options for me when it came to choosing ‘the sari’ for my big day. Understanding how important this day is for a girl and how she dreams of looking the best, I started ‘Kavani’. Though I started off designing Christian bridal saris, I soon started getting orders for all kinds of wedding outfits — from ‘lehenga’ to reception gowns. The appreciation I get from people about my work has been my motivation. Besides this, my grandmother has been my biggest inspiration.

How has people’s fashion preferences changed over the years?

What I have seen in the course of five years is that people these days like to get their outfits designed rather than go for something ready-made. This, I believe, is a good thing especially if someone is looking for a wedding outfit. It is always better to get it stitched as one can give their suggestions and opinions on what they want to wear for their big day.

Anyone from the industry you would like to work with...

I have always looked up to the works of Sabyasachi Mukherji. So it has to be definitely him.

Your dream design...

An ivory shade tissue sari with cut-work and lace applique.

What inspires your designs?

I love travelling. So meeting new people and getting to experience a new culture influences my designs a lot. Apart from this, I read and keep myself up to date.

The must-haves in your wardrobe...

A partywear dress, a beautiful sari, a top and a pair of goodfitted jeans and a skirt and crop top.