Living world

Consider the flower that comes alive in the sun with all its colour, despite what the news says. Consider the tree that grows its roots through the concrete walls, no matter how hostile the world has been made. Consider the river that flows glistening regardless of what heartless hands have trashed in its waters… Consider them, and their resilient beauty that simply refuses to fade. The hopeful intensity with which nature continues to colour, unfurl and conduct herself is enough to encourage us for tomorrow, even in the bleakest hour.

The promise of hope, the spirited beauty of nature, and its raw impulse to survive against all odds—Anavila’s Dhanak collection says it all.

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Raw beauty

The beautiful colour of the natural linen yarn puts us in the mind of long fields ending with beautiful blue skies, and a poem by Jarred Carter;

Scattered among bundles of flax in the rain,
pinned under the water by smooth stones, broken,
spun, wound, and gathered in the bright skeins,

of blond thread—like bronze or silk, I gained
knowledge of the old ways still unspoken,
scattered among bundles of flax. …”

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Linen love

Linen is one of those fabrics that embody the Rithihi view of beauty so perfectly. The beauty of linen is something that runs through and through, going beyond the experience on your skin and eyes, to one that brings a lesson of strength and resilience; of prevailing against adversity, and growing graceful with the stains and scars that life leaves you with. That’s why our love for linen runs deep.

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Flourish

When we were curating a capsule from the Anavila ‘Bloom’ collection to be housed here at Rithihi, we fell in love with this floral saree. What we really adore are those hand-painted roses that have then been digitally transferred onto the handwoven linen. They are absolutely lovely—don’t you think? It’s a saree that puts us in the mind of blossoming—the courageous act of becoming against all odds.

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Feeling spring

“You can cut all the flowers. But, you can’t keep the spring from coming”, said the ever so brilliant writer Pablo Neruda; And, we couldn’t agree more.

No matter how bleak things look, we trust in the light and the beauty that our inner sun holds. Just like the inevitable spring that comes, we know that at the end of the day, life will always find a way. This wonderfully optimistic yellow saree by Anavila captures the mood perfectly.

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Let it bloom

Mindful creation leads to mindful consumption. This is the philosophy behind Anavila— the Mumbai-based designer brand responsible for some of the most beautiful sarees and other South Asian wearables that we house here at Rithihi. Being big fans of Anavila, we were excited about curating a selection from their new Spring 2021 collection ‘Bloom’ at our store here in Colombo.

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Green is the mood

Green is the colour of tranquility, renewal, peace, and harmony. It opens us to raw, unconditional love— the kind that only Gaia can muster for all her children. It carries the sagely poise of something that is complete, and in a state of perfect balance— like a great big forest hosting entire lives, unknowably intricate stories, and in a way, complete universes within its petals, roots, rivers, and leaves.

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