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The Pia Ka Ghar Story
Pia Ka Ghar, was conceived as a nostalgic journey back to Bengal, its ethos, its sentiments, Tagore songs and concepts of timeless love. In the 37+ years that I’ve lived in the U.S. there was never a place where I could shop for the kind of sarees I could find in Bengal. I would dream of buying sarees, white sarees with red borders and wearing them with a sindurer teep (red big bindi). I would buy jamdanis, tangails, kanthas, silks and chiffons in my dreams. 14 years ago I started Pia Ka Ghar as an enterprise to empower women engaged in ‘kantha’, the Bengali art of Stitch painting in Bolpur, Bengal.
The enterprise empowered not only the women who were doing this painstaking work, it empowered the buyers in the U.S. who felt good about the sarees they bought and felt an enhanced self esteem. In 2010, we opened up my home, Pia Ka Ghar (where the boutique has been housed for 14 years) to embrace the world. For customers all over the world have been writing and phoning for us to do so. Kantha, and Gara Parsis, have been very underserved outside of India, and it became one of my goals to bring these indigenous arts to western consciousness. In 2010, we took on the responsibility of bringing Sabyasachi sarees to the world and quickly became his largest U.S. retailer. This is not just because he is one of the best designer in India today but his ethos/pov/world view is totally in sync with mine and I championed every stitch of every garment we sold. Sabyasachi has his feet firmly planted in Bengal while he draws inspiration from the world. I am a very ordinary Bengali girl but I, too, belong to the world. We want you, our web customer to have a beautiful experience while you are on our site. We want you to feel love, passion, romance, the pleasure of great sex and friendship. We just don’t sell sarees, we are dream merchants and each saree is a dream of yours coming true just as it was a poem of mine coming to life. We cannot reach out and touch you but we want to caress you with our words so that you feel understood and empowered.
Pia Ganguly is the Founder of Pia Ka Ghar (PKG). Pia studied at the Universities of Calcutta and California, and worked as the Senior Vice President/Controller of a software company. She has written two books of poems, Images on a Stroll and Head of a Woman and is working on a third one. She lives in a wood-side home in California with her 3 children and 5 dogs. She rescues dachshunds, and anyone else in need of rescue. Pia has world class mentors who have run Fortune 500 companies, who are giant entrepreneurs and industrialists, who have worked at McKinsey and who have been educated at the finest schools in the world.
Our “lets go” team
Our team members have specific functions but if necessary, everyone does everything. This team is “customer centric” and to all of us the customer is the MVP and we want to exceed our customer’s expectations.
Meenakshi Kaul Basu
Gigi, a piebald dachshund, who is the first member of our Board.
Featuring a teal lehenga with gold sequin work all over. It has a can can under layer. It comes with a matching sequin top with full net embroidered sleeves. It comes with two dupattas, one with a pink net dupatta and one with a blue net dupatta. In stock in size medium.
Fine wool from the Kashmir valley in India. Elegant and classy.
(in the western world, this is known as Cashmere, real Cashmere.)
The shawl has a finely woven border, the design of which comes from
Aubergine tussar georgette saree. Comes with contrast blouse piece seen in photo.
This item is currently in stock. Please call us at 1-650-283-6565 for pricing and ordering details.
Black and Gold georgette benarasi dupatta. Pair with a plain black or white khadi kurta churidaar and gold earrings for a great evening party look.
Dimensions: 81" by 36"
Dimensions: 82" by 38"
Fabric: Pure Wool, Hand woven, Hand dyed
Embroidery: Machine Embroidery
Color: Black, Embroidery: Multicolor
Black stitch detail sherwani with custom Sabyasachi gold engraved buttons. This outfit comes with an inner white khadi kurta and churidaar pants.
For chest sizes 44 inches or larger, extra charges are applicable.
Blue handwoven authentic patola saree. Comes with a matching blouse piece.
"Patola is a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word patola is the plural form; the singular is patolu. They are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to royal and aristocratic families."
Rich Silk uppada soft and intricately handwoven.
Color: Body: Blue with subtle hint of green; Palu - Pink
Blouse Piece: Pink with border