Sayantan Sarkar, the director of the label “Sayantan Sarkar” began his journey as a senior merchandiser in a knit wear export firm after completing his graduation from National Institute of Fashion and Technology (Kolkata). His real voyage began in 2001 that led to the establishment of his company “Cyan Creations,” which deals with knitted kids wear and it focussed on the middle-east export market for kids. In 2006 the company launched its first domestic production and created an in-house workshop of more than sixty skilled workers and a production capacity of about ten thousand pieces a month.
His quest continued and reached another peak in 2007, when he launched his couture label “Sayantan Sarkar” as a women’s wear brand working mainly with the traditional handlooms, crafts and weaves of India. His passion for Bengal craft forms found him sailing to the remotest villages of Bengal. From quirky batik prints to self-developed Jamdani weaves, and from unusual block prints to exclusive blends of fabrics. Sayantan has been working with many craft forms to create the distinctive “Sayantan Sarkar” label that caters to prêt as well as couture lines for men and women; beautiful blend of contemporary silhouettes with traditional Indian surface ornamentation and textiles.
In 2015, he was one of the Indian designers to represent Indian Khadi at Bangladesh’s first ever Khadi Festival, organised by the fashion design council of Bangladesh. It was basically to revive the heritage of Khadi.
Later in the year 2016, Sayantan Sarkar was also a part of an Indo-Italian trade meet organised in Italy, where he was one of the 18 delegates to represent India at a four day trade conference, courtesy Bengal Chamber of Commerce.
In this very year on the evening of the celebration of the 2nd national handloom day he was part of the team representing IMG Reliance who signed an MoU with the Ministry of Textiles for design training of weavers and artisans, based on which along with the Kolkata Weaver’s Service Centre he worked as designer trainer to develop two clusters namely Cooch Behar Cluster 2 and Udaynarayanpur, Howrah. Fabrics like “Gamcha” were developed in Cooch Behar Cluster 2 while “Khadi” in Udaynarayanpur, which were showcased in one of the most prestigious show Lakme Fashion Week, Summer/Resort 2017.
On the 3rd National Handloom Day conducted by the Ministry of Textiles at Guwahati, Assam; Sayantan Sarkar is among the few selected designers to sign an independent MoU on 7th August, 17 to work as a consultant designer and product developer, and will be working closely with handloom weavers of Cooch Behar Clusters.
Also he was part of the USTAAD project scheduled on July 2017, for the development of “Kantha” with the artisans at Nanoor, Shantiniketan.
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