Rashme Diwan, Kanakavalli’s September Vignette, is a force of nature. A former professor of fashion design, a collector of beauty, and a survivor of cancer, Rashme has forged a path of her own; one that is inspired and inspiring. In this conversation, Rashme reminisces about her childhood, telling us how she went from being a high schooler who didn’t want to go to college, to a student of dressmaking who stayed up all night working on assignments. By the age of 21, Rashme had taught herself everything she could about design and was invited to join the faculty of her college. She describes teaching as a deeply fulfilling journey of learning, and her own sense of style as dramatic.
Ten years ago, Rashme was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, an experience that transformed her approach to life and relationships. Forced to slow down post-treatment, Rashme remains at once pragmatic and exuberant—embracing the changes she’s had to make and always finding the silver lining in every situation.
Browsing through the Kanakavalli repertoire, Rashme curates a selection of saris that reflect her dynamic and colourful spirit. Read the entire conversation on our blog and explore Rashme’s curation right here.