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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 mould, 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 over time, but are also perfect for those with sensitive skins.
“It’s important for me to use only natural materials,” says the designer. “This ensures not only that the bride is comfortable on what is often the most important day of her life, but also that the impact of the dress is making no negative impact on the planet. Nobody wants to start a new life with the love of their life knowing that sweatshop labour and petroleum products were used to make their wedding dress.”
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.