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Refreshing strokes

To add a dash of colour to your wardrobe, check out the hand painted salwar kameez, saris and tops featuring pleasant floral and landscape motifs and divinity from designer-artist Girija.



GO DIVINE: The silk kurtas are a rage.

PAINTED OUTFITS can surely add colour, apart from the variety, to the wardrobe. At her recent exhibition held at Hotel Green Park, Girija presented a collection of hand painted tops, salwar kameez and saris. "Roses was the theme for my earlier exhibition held in May last. This time I have brought in sculptures, landscapes and floral motifs for the collection," she says.

Refreshing patterns in soothing colours, for instance a bouquet of lemon and fresh green on the white kurta, paired with contrasting salwar and a plain dupatta bordered with soft strokes, comprise the salwar kameez line in cotton priced at Rs. 850 onwards.



POETRY ON PALLAV: The landcapes line in saris.

"I prefer pastel shades, whites and off whites for the fabric since the colours come out well on these backgrounds," says Girija. Also striking is the stately collection in saris (Rs. 1500-Rs. 2,500) featuring an elaborate pallav balanced with subtle border featuring roses, Egyptian figurine and more. "I prefer sheer fabrics thus you find Peddapuram and Tussar in my collection. As for the patterns, instead of transfer design, it is spontaneous painting that I prefer. For instance sculptures are studied but sketched with a free hand using acrylic paint," says Girija.


Thus the divinity line featuring free hand sculptures on saris and shirts in pure silk is striking, with pieces such as the Kerala style of Vishnu from 11 Century, the Ganesha and the Tibetan style of Buddha. " The colour scheme is thoughtfully used to depict the mood of the subject. For the Buddha for instance, blue signifies the depth of the mind at relaxation," says Girija. "There will be more murals for my next collection. The divinity line has been well taken by the international clients. I am looking at overseas orders as well. Apart from my ensemble, I also take orders based on fabric and colour preferences, such as georgettes, chiffon or special tones," she says. So, for a dash of colour to your wardrobe, contact Girija on 23746757 (after 2:30 p.m).

SYEDA FARIDA

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