I am Shaily Sah, 45 years old, born and brought up in Agra. I got married in Varanasi at an early age of 21. I hardly got chance to excel and do much in my life. I conceived my first child very soon after my marriage and now I am a proud and blessed mother of two children. I had many unfulfilled dreams which I wanted to fulfill as soon as my children grew up. I started following my passion in music and arts. I learnt a lot of activities like swimming, driving, painting and cooking. Recently I learnt classical dance form of Odissi. I love to be active by participating on various stages.last year I participated in a beauty pageant and won the crown with the title of Mrs. TALENTED. And I hope to keep learning all my life.
How did Banarasiya happen?
Banarasiya is my last year’s startup. I started it thinking it would help me use my time productively. As my children went to college, I had a lot of time in my hand. As I was married and lived a few years in Varanasi, I had a rich taste in Varanasi stuff. People in Mathura appreciated my wardrobe/collection. I realised that the clothing stores in Mathura were lacking pure banarasi stuff. I also knew that the pure banarasi material which is woven by the weavers is exported to metro cities.
So to bring the pure banarasi handloom to my city, I visited every weaver in the narrow lanes of Banaras to bring handpicked stuff for the women of Mathura.
Banarasiya has all the clothing materials like silk, cotton, linen, sarees, dress materials, brocades, dupatta, etc. I have done many exhibitions in Agra and Mathura. I am a call away for people who miss out on the exhibition. I have the motivation to take this to great heights. I want to expand my collection from different cities famous for its handloom.
What was the inspiration for you start your own business?
I always wanted to prove that females have the potential to excel in every aspect of life.
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