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Silk splendour


Exquisite silks that don't pinch the pocket.

IF THE swish and swoosh of rich silk enamours you, then Sanskruti is a place that you can add on to your "must-visit" list! Sanskruti, a designer boutique that started three years ago, has a wide range of exclusive silks that are not too heavy on your pocket.

Sanskruti is the brainchild of Shashi Singh Dabi, whose family has been in the business of manufacturing fabrics and designing silk saris for over 25 years now. Says Shashi Singh: "The idea was to provide customers with an easily accessible silk shop, with ample parking space, so they can enjoy browsing through the collection. They don't have to go to the crowded Chikpet markets anymore".

Sanskruti strives to bring to the customer a range of silks and prints such as Kanjivaram, Ikkat, Patola, crepe, cotton silks, block-printed silks, Italian silk, bandhej, cora, tussar, jacquard silk etc. It also has embroidered silks, georgettes, and chiffons for women. Sanskriti offers ethnic shirts, kurtas, Mughal jackets, chogas, and anga-vastras for men.

The lady at the helm, Ms. Singh, plays an important role in bringing out new designs, based on the feedback of the customers. She individually takes the customers through the wide range displayed at the showroom. "Enjoying the richness of silk and wearing it is a tradition in India, our `sanskruti'. So at Sanskruti, we sell only genuine silks. But if you are looking for art silk, then I will show a completely different range, but I'll never pass off art silk for real silk," assures Ms. Singh.

The saris are priced at Rs. 900 onwards for cotton silks, Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,400 for printed silks, Rs. 1,100 onwards for woven silks, and Rs. 3,800 onwards for Kanjivarams.

The cora and tussars are priced at Rs. 2,600, while the bandhej designs come at Rs. 3,500. Some of the sarees are beautifully embroidered with Swarovski crystals and come in a range of exotic colours such as wild rose, cherry, saffron, amethyst, jade, ivory, mustard etc.

Ms. Singh claims her prices are only half of those in the market, as their manufacturing firm often supplies to most of her competition too.

While others cannot afford to cut down on their margin, Sanskruti can offer much lower prices. To exemplify on the prices, Ms. Singh, tells us: "No one can give you a wedding lehanga in silk for Rs. 10,000. I can give you an ordinary silk lehanga for Rs. 3,000. Since we have in-house tailors and embroiderers, our prices are low and we can even do an order in 24 hours."

One can also find a range of silk fabrics and furnishings at Sanskruti. A variety of woven silk fabrics and noil silk are available to decorate your home with. Sanskruti's rich brocade bedcovers are definitely worth mentioning. However, they are priced at a hefty Rs. 5,000. Other exclusives from Sanskruti are kurtas for men, ethnic dresses for little girls and boys, brocade stoles, and patches for use on cushion covers.

Sanskruti can be contacted on 5503707.

TINA GARG

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