Vanaras is a 100% organic, sustainable design label founded on the simple precept that our love for beautiful clothing need not negatively impact our beautiful planet. True to our spirit, the brand is born of a respectful awareness of nature and a passion for slow, caring, long-lasting fashion. Our chic minimalist silhouettes epitomise style, and yet embody a genuine passion for all things mindful, nature-endorsed and indigenous - weaving native fabrics with contemporary designs, sustainable fair trade practices, and eco-friendly zero-waste processes that are simple, transparent and conscientious from source to finish.
Bangalore based fashion and sustainability enthusiast, Vandana Bhandare, is not a typical story-weaver, but she is certainly no stranger to spinning yarns. Her love for warps and wefts was sown decades ago, when as a little girl, she would waltz into her father’s silk manufacturing units, awe-struck by rainbow-hued skeins and timeless brocade. When she was not smitten by the rustle of gossamer kanjeevarams, she would spend hours experimenting with painting techniques, and curiously enough, sketching croquis.
Vandana spent early exploratory years delving into fabrics, processes and finishes. Around the time, she started spending hours discussing eco-conscious concepts of living - with her brother, and a dear friend and yoga buddy, who introduced her to the world of organic: chemical-free foods, grocery store certifications, the significance of choosing organic over conventional ingredients, and the irreparable damage that an average human is exposed to on a daily basis, thanks to inorganic skincare, haircare and cosmetic products.
The idea of sustainable chemical-free living intrigued Vandana, and she started researching the subject with absolute intensity. Months into her study, she stumbled upon the concept of ‘Organic Fashion’ and the possibility of ridding the planet of detrimental industrial processes and pollutants - by switching over to slow, caring, nature-friendly alternatives. From shopping for a limited number of clothes, she decided to pare down to bare essentials, minimising spends consciously. Since then, there has been no looking back. Driven by a new-found passion for beautiful clothing that does not harm the planet, Vandana ended up creating her own slow, sustainable fashion label - a love child inspired by her enduring love for the forests: Vanaras.
Every Vanaras creation passes through a thoughtfully curated prism of simplicity, elegance, comfort and style. We believe good design is evocative without being complex. Even the most minimalist of designs, when meticulously crafted, can make an attire spell grace, modernity and sophistication. And yet, they surprise you with delightful bursts of colour and joie de vivre. We keep our silhouettes airy, effortless, chic - endowed with subtle little details that echo a woman’s sensibilities.
We dream of a better world and the power of little. Like the inimitable Van Gogh, we trust that great deeds are indeed achievable by a series of small acts brought together. Small acts of kindness that ensure we stay true to our fair-trade promises and keep our people, patrons and workspaces secure. Opting for organic fibres, eco-friendly textiles, and all-natural dyes free of harmful chemicals, staying in line with our zero-waste policies during production. Natural coconut shell trims for buttons, cloth bags and biodegradable packaging - little warps and wefts of thoughtfulness in every detail that reflect our love for nature and weaves in eco-friendliness every step of the way.
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