My daughter was born during the pandemic via c-section. I had a difficult recovery without any help (thanks to social distancing). And more than anything, I wanted to be comfortable. I had purchased nightgowns to wear after the birth of my son three years prior, and while they were comfortable to an extent, they were too short/too revealing and didn't feel appropriate to wear around the house during the day.

In my quest to find comfortable, nursing friendly clothing, I was reminded of the cotton dresses my mom and nani (grandmother) have worn all of my life. Having fond memories of these dresses and their loose, light weight cotton in fun and vibrant prints, I set out to find something similar. I wanted something that was modest enough to wear during the day and comfortable enough to sleep in.


My Nani


When I wasn't able to find a garment that checked all my boxes and to fulfill my own postpartum needs, Nesara was born. Our dresses are designed for anyone who wants a little bit of comfort and style. 

The midi length of our kaftan allows you to move freely and comfortably. The buttons allow you to easily nurse or lay your baby on your chest. They are comfortable enough to sleep in and cute enough to lounge in.

Since launching our kaftans, we've expanded our collection to include quilts, dresses, skirts and children's clothing. Nesara garments and quilts are hand sewn using lightweight cotton fabric. Our textiles are hand stamped and dyed using organic vegetable dyes by artisans in India using a technique known as block printing. Because the fabrics are handmade, variations in color and pattern are a part of the uniqueness of each piece. Indian textiles are used around the world in the production of clothing, yet, you rarely see South Asian culture represented within the brands using these fabrics. As a South Asian woman, this has always stood out to me. As I build this brand and forge partnerships with artisans in India, I hope to change that narrative. The cotton fabric we use is more than a textile - it is a craft, a tradition, a livelihood and a snapshot of the beauty that can be found in India. 


Dr. Pragati Gusmano