A fashion design holder from Nassau College (New York) and interned with Givenchy, Vandana Sawhney
has returned to Delhi in 1994 and set up a studio cum workshop in the basement of her home in New Friends Colony and embarked on a successful, albeit low-key career as a designer of formalwear to the rich and the famous.
In 2000-01, Divya Bindra took an MBA from the Fore School of Management only to realize that her calling lay elsewhere and while a lucrative if somewhat dreary ascent up sundry corporate ladders appealed to the mind, Divya's heart was beating furiously for a passion.
Divya & Vandana had known each other for years, quite unaware of the fortuitous meeting of the minds that was to occur in the spring of 2001 and launched their label 'Dabiri' that incorporates Zardozi, Lakhnavi Chikankari and Zari.
The label is the very top echelon of Indian couture and consequently its ensembles combine the finest traditional and intricate craftwork & material with modern sensibilities in cut color and fabric. The fabrics mainly consumed are georgette, chiffon, pure silks, real zari brocades, urtu, khinkhab etc.
The material used for the embroidery ranges from orthodox succha as silver n gold zari, succha gotta, salma, dabka, sitara, kalabatun, badia, nakshi etc to the trendy pearl- fine swarovski crystals to the exotic pearls.