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“Beauty is forever. Every object, every person, every relationship that brings me joy and happiness is the definition of beauty for me,” says Effie Thomas, Kanakavalli’s January Vignette. Effie gives us a glimpse into her fascinating life in Dubai as a small business owner, a mother, and a collector of vintage cars and art. Growing up, Effie’s parents instilled in her a love for craft and for all things Indian; a love she continues to nurture and pass on to her daughters. Effie and her husband own an enviable collection of vintage sports cars, exquisite heirloom textiles and pieces of art, recognising the immense value of preserving the past and unearthing lost stories. For Effie, the sari is her everyday garment and, through the sisterhood of the Gulf Sari Pact, Effie endeavours to make wearing a sari a way of life.
Browsing through the Kanakavalli repertoire, Effie curates a selection of kanjivarams, each a reflection of her love for tradition and beauty. Shop the curation right here, and read the entire conversation on our journal.