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Spruce up those windows


Curtain call at Khidkee

MOST INTERIOR stores offer you designer furniture and accessories that enhance the look of the rooms in your home. But, Khidkee, a small outlet in Indiranagar, specialises in adorning just your windows.

The shop works on the principle of "playing with light" and uses material such as bamboo reeds, banana fibres, and blinds that not only cover the windows but also double up as interesting decorative objects. While some prefer imported furniture, there clearly exists a particular section that prefers the ethnic Indian look: the outlet caters to this clientele. Indira Somiah, who heads Khidkee, informs us that the store's products are sourced from places as diverse as Delhi, Karwar, and Tripura, thus giving the customer's home a wide choice. Khidkee, one finds various kinds of chiks and blinds for the windows. The range includes thin bamboo chiks with thread work, thick bamboo chiks for outdoor use, indoor and outdoor blinds made from banana fibre, chiks made from a combination of bamboo and matting, canvas blinds for balconies, etc. The indoor chiks come with pretty thread work and designs with exotic names such as Chilmul, Jharokha (or honeycomb), Tara, Barfi and so on. The customer has the option of choosing the colour for the chiks.

Each chik is bound on all four sides with pretty bandhini fabric and beadwork. Ms. Somiah plans to introduce more beadwork and embroidery on the chiks. "We will be using wooden beads made in Channapatna and will also be painting on the blinds," she says, full of enthusiasm. A mat chik, displayed at Khidkee, is backed with jute and has a pretty Pichwari painting from Rajasthan on it, making it a beautiful piece to cover a window with. . "The chiks are easy to look after and are long lasting too. The bamboo reeds are varnished to protect them from insects. Even the cloth backing can be detached and washed since we provide buttons or velcro."

Chiks and blinds at Khidkee are priced at Rs. 40 a sq.ft. for the ones with a bamboo reed and Rs. 80 a sq.ft. for the banana fibre blinds. The latter are soft, light, and need no backing. The chiks and blinds are made on order, and the store takes 10 to 15 days to complete an order. Khidkee can be contacted on 5278939.

TINA GARG

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