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Weaving style into tradition

Take a look at Kanjeevaram silk saris embellished in different ways.



ORNATE TEMPLE PALLU: This is the highlight.

ONE WOULD not think of embellishing a Kanjeevaram sari further as the border and pallu are already enhanced with zari motifs. Given today's trend of embroideries which adorn any sari or salwar kameez, the Kanjeevaram sari too is not outside this ambit. At least Rekha Lahoti does not think so. She has redecorated Kanjeevaram saris. Working on decorating crepes, georgettes and cottons for the last few years, Rekha has extended this to Kanjeevarams. Kanchi Silk House, Koti had Rekha to design saris supplied by them. In turn, Rekha suggested some designs in the weave. And now these are being marketed as Rekha's designer saris.



TISSUE DECORATION: The embroidery brightens up the sari.

"This is the first time I am working on readymade saris. Normally I work on plain fabrics - dyeing them and giving them a face lift on my own. I was a bit apprehensive. But I decided to give it a try," says Rekha opening a sari.



FLORAL DELIGHT: These motifs are commonly used.

One of the silks she opened had no border. This is rather surprising for a Kanjeevaram. "I did away with the border and instead asked for a temple pallu (in a step fashion). And I used thread zardozi along with kundans for the motifs." And the floral motifs in the green sari are certainly subtle on account of the muted thread zardozi. There is not much sheen and the effect is sober. Thread zardozi and `metallic salma' are the latest and the raw materials are procured from Kolkata by Rekha. Gotta patti work, sequins, dori work, Swarovski coloured crystals are the other kinds of embellishments added on by Rekha. These have been used on some saris with zari borders and tissue pallu.

These saris are not heavily enriched. The absence of borders makes them look less ornate. And this is where Rekha's handwork spruces it up. Try wearing these saris for a change but if you are one who loves Kanjeevaram in its pure state then perhaps one should think again about wearing them.

These saris designed by Rekha Lahoti are available at Kanchi Silk House Koti (tel: 24743119).

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