By Arwa Lodi
One of the fastest growing names in wedding is also one of the most ethical: Sanyukta Shrestha.
This eco-designer makes exquisite creations from sustainable materials, using fairly waged, specialised labour to do so. Characterised by their elegance and perfect fit, Sanyukta Shrestha’s bridal dresses are everything that a bride has dreamed of for her special day, and more: not only are these pieces artistically crafted, but they are kind to the planet, too.
The dresses are made mainly from sustainable organic cotton and bamboo fibres, which are sourced from Nepalese villagers and local women, who then skilfully hand loom these natural materials with great attention to detail. Any other fabrics that may be used in the collections are from certified ethical and fair-trade suppliers in England.
Sanyukta’s collection also ensures that the dress will maintain its beauty without succumbing to mold, mildew or UV light, thanks to the use of natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, soya, and even milk, all of which not only protect the fabric from decay but are also perfect for those with sensitive skins.
Thanks to her ethical approach and stunning designs, the designer was recently honoured with two important awards: the Best Perfect Wedding Newcomer, and JP Selects Bridal Innovation Award, but the kudos don’t stop there. Her Pippa dress was honoured with a spot in the Fashion Museum in Bath, UK, and her unique take on traditional bridal gowns has been covered by many of the world’s leading magazines, including Vogue Sposa, Wedding UK, Conde Nast Brides, You and Your Wedding, Bridal Buyer, Attire Bridal and of course, Eluxe!
But perhaps the biggest honour of all is having helped make the special day of hundreds of brides truly unforgettable.
Love these dreamy dresses? Watch them on the runway here.