Trousseau Destination: RAS

RAS Trousseau Destination

A few days before my wedding, my Bua and Dadi came over to my house bearing wedding gifts – two beautiful saris!

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Gift #1 – a georgette sari with shades of a sunrise
Gift #2: A classic red net sari with sequins border (paired with a brocade petticoat and blouse - not in the pic)
Gift #2: A classic red net sari with sequins border (paired with a brocade petticoat and blouse – not in the pic)

I was floored with both the saris – they were so pretty! And then my Bua told me – “I designed them!” Whaaaaat? I knew Bua had always had a keen sense of fashion – she’s usually the best dressed woman in the room. But her own clothing line?! Yup, I’m a lucky niece 🙂

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RAS was launched in 2012, shortly before my own wedding. If it had started earlier, my trousseau shopping would’ve been so stress-free! Ah, well.

The great thing about RAS is customisation according to your budget. You tell RAS owner & designer – Rashmi Aparna Shekhar – what your budget is, and she’ll create the look you want within that budget. And the best thing is how reasonable the pricing is. If you’re a bride to be, or even a wedding guest, you should consider getting yourself a RAS creation. Easy on the pocket, AND on the eyes 🙂 Anarkalis and suits start at INR 4,000, saris at INR 3,000 and lehengas are priced upwards of INR 7,000 (of course, the heavier the work and the more material required – the price goes up accordingly.)

Another pretty awesome thing I noticed was her willingness to give you what you want. I got blouses stitched by her, and they had the perfect neckline and back. What I mean is – I told her I wanted the blouse to be “this deep in the front” and “this deep in the back” and I got exactly what I asked for. Which, if you live in Delhi, you know is a big deal. How many times have you told that tailor or designer that you want it to begin at 7 inches, and they end up giving you 9? It is SO frustrating! RAS was a refreshing change 🙂

I spent an April afternoon clicking pictures of the latest RAS collection. Feast your eyes!

An elegant georgette lehenga
An elegant georgette lehenga
Made for a wedding guest
Made for a wedding guest
A chanderi lehenga for the sister of a groom
A chanderi lehenga for the sister of a groom
A patiala suit for a wedding guest
A patiala suit for a wedding guest
A self-work net white sari with heavy sequin border
A self-work net white sari with heavy sequin border and blouse
The designer and her technician at work!
The designer and her technician at work!
Her dog was just as camera ready "Hey, am I not prettier than any sari?"
Her dog was just as camera ready “Hey, am I not prettier than any sari?”

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In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided a lunch of chicken gravy and rice after the photoshoot. This review may, or may not, have been tampered with while the taste of the delicious curry was still lingering in my mouth.

On a more serious note, here is how you can get in touch with RAS – call on +91-9818996222 or 0124-4260301. Their boutique is on Sohna Road, Gurgaon. Open all days except Tuesday. Timings are 11 am to 8 pm. Here is a link to their Facebook page (warning: images have been clicked by my not so tech-savvy Bua on her poor-quality camera phone, so go easy on the judging)

Did you love any outfit from the RAS collection?

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17 Comments

  1. ohhh! i love the pics.. finally some justice. And you took my pretty baby’s pic.. and posted it too! does he not look handsome. Lovely post. And I can tell her clothes are gorgeous 🙂 not just cause she is my mum – but she actually is GOOD!

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  2. We have been trying for a while to contact this vendor through their Facebook page. But, for some reasons we could not. We are interested in the red with golden wedding lehenga in their FB page. If they ship outside India, I like to know the price of that whole outfit along with the fabric used ? I asked for the fabric due to religious reasons. I am not giving out my email address here. But, I think you can see that. Any help from your side will be appreciated. Thanks – Mansi

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  3. Hi.I really like your design. U make Indo western also.u make long kurtas with palazzo . Can u send me Some of your design

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  4. I want to order one corset top /blowse to wear with the maroon color net lehnga.will it be possible for you to provide that and how long it will take to finish.😊

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