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Touch of art

Manzoor Hussain's summer collection of cotton screen-printed salwar kameez, kaftans, tote bags, cushion covers and other accessories under the Accedo label will be exhibited for the first time in the twin cities at Gallerie Raphael, Amrutha Mall, Somajiguda from May 16 to 18.



ARTY PRINT: Designer kaftans.

`ART' ON fabric is fast catching up with designers resorting to it of late. Manzoor Hussain is a graduate from the Jawaharlal Nehru College of Fine Arts in Hyderabad but shifted to textile printing a few years ago. "When I was doing my graduation I happened to visit Laxma Goud and I saw the designing he was doing for Shafali boutique. Fascinated by textile designing I took it up," says Manzoor.

His works reflect the stamp of the artist. For Manzoor the canvas is the fabric - primarily cotton where he leashes his creativity. After working in the field of textile designing and printing for 14 years with well-known boutiques in the city, Manzoor started his label Accedo (which is a Latin word meaning Agreed. Incidentally Manzoor itself means the same) and is exhibiting his creations for the first time in the twin cities at Gallerie Raphael, Somajiguda from May 16 to 18. He has established his printing unit too in the city.



TOTE THEM: Interesting motifs on the bags.

Screen-printing on cotton is Manzoor's forte. He does block printing too but on a minimal scale. His motifs - predominantly floral and abstract, are inspired from books on textiles. The effect of the Mughal miniatures and kalamkari is largely visible in his works especially the ones bearing floral motifs. His artistic touch is evident when he conceptualises the design and draws it on tracing film (polyester sheets) which is then transferred on to the screen and printed. The creations are rooted in the traditional yet have a contemporary look. Manzoor uses chemical dyes which are fast in colour. So far he has not used vegetable dyes as he says "one needs running water near the unit. And it is difficult to get that."


Screen-printing is done on a variety of things - Mangalagiri cotton suits, short tops and pants, kaftans, tote bags, cushion covers and other accessories. The artist in him comes alive in his designer kaftans which display the `painterly effect'. These designer kaftans cost Rs. 425, while the ordinary ones are priced at Rs. 300. For the Mangalagiri suits which are embellished with embroidery Manzoor gets the fabric and dupattas specially woven according to his specifications and requirements. These suits are priced at Rs. 600 and above.

Manzoor future plans include home furnishings (upholstery and bed linen) and to establish a showroom in the city.


To pick up Manzoor's printed creations drop by at Gallerie Raphael, Amrutha Mall between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Tel: 26666208). Or if you want further details contact Manzoor on 23315582.

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