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Shoppers' day out


THE RESIDENTS of the city are on a shopping spree, with garment sellers offering special schemes for Onam. The discounts range from 20 to 50 per cent.

In children's wear, the accent is on stylised casuals. Weekender, Benetton and Kangaroo have a wide collection of casuals. Everfresh shirts, from Peter England, come with a price tag of Rs. 495 and upward. Shirts in bright and subtle hues of red, from Van Heusen, and Neon range of shirts from Indigo Nation are disappearing fast from the shelves.

The Raymond store offers a discount of 40 per cent on select Park Avenue shirts. Discount is being offered on shirts priced between Rs. 600 and Rs. 1,000. Colour Plus has brought out a new range of shirts and T-shirts. Fresh Onam collections are on offer at garment showrooms in the city such as Aiyappas, Parthas, Alapatt Silks, Sundaran Sundari and Venkatrao's.


The Rangoli brand of salwars is priced between Rs. 700 and Rs. 2,500. V-Star's embroidered salwar kameez are made from ethnic Kerala handloom.

The piece de resistance of the Czarina boutique is a two-toned sico (silk and cotton) Gadwal silk sari (with heavy zari borders) priced at around Rs. 5,000. Rajkot silks in beige and off-white colours, with bright borders, are priced between Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 3,000. Silk saris, with kantha work from West Bengal, come with a price tag of Rs. 6,000. If you wish to gift someone a sari, you could avail yourself of the Czarina offer -- they will deliver silk saris in gift boxes, to the addressee. Pakitu has on offer bandhini saris in cotton (Rs. 250 onwards). The dupattas, all in pure cotton, are priced at Rs. 150 upwards. Camel cottons are also doing well this season. Block-printed Maheshwari (silk and cotton) dupattas (above Rs. 600) and saris (above Rs. 900) are available in light pastel and mauve hues. Emerald green and maroon bandhini saris, replete with motifs of Ganesha, camels, birds and flowers, come in the Rs. 4000 - Rs. 10,000 range. Tamil Nadu village cotton sari, with jacquard thread work, costs between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200. Bomkai handlooms from Orissa are available in myriad combinations of green, yellow, blue and maroon. The intricate motifs, woven into the sari, comprise conches, birds, fishes and flowers. These exquisite Bomkais would cost you anywhere between Rs. 700 and Rs. 2,500. Sambalpuris, with rudraksha motifs, could be picked up for Rs. 1,980.

Pakitu offers you a range of indigos, reds and yellows in ek patti and do patti (diagonal design) leharias for Rs. 700 and above. A chaar patti leharia sari would cost you double the amount. Mulberry silks and crepe silks, with sprayed and block-printed designs, are priced at Rs. 1,700 and upward.

The boutique, Ethnic Weaves, has a new range of lilac and pink crushed tissues with details in embroidery. Pallavi cottons, kotas, leharia prints (with shibori and badla works) and Gadwals are the new rage. Kalamkari prints on Magalgiris and spun, block-printed Pashmina saris (Rs. 1,900), kantha work done on cotton saris (Rs. 1,050) are also in demand. Hand-embroidered Chanderi salwar sets come with a price tag of Rs. 890 and upward. The block printed Pashminas will make your purse lighter by about Rs. 1,100. Suryakala, another boutique in the city, has salwar sets starting from Rs. 250. Super net (customised printed) kotas will cost you Rs. 950 upward. Rasipuram cotton saris with zari-silk borders are priced between Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 5,000. Black and maroon shades of Assam silk and Erode silk are a hit with style-setters.

Crepes and georgettes, with heavy zari borders, have staged a comeback, thanks to the Hindi serials on Star and Zee TV. Pastel hued georgette saris, with sprays of sequin flowers, worn with crushed tissue or crepe blouses, are favoured in fashion circles. Cotton hand-painted, vegetable-dyed dupattas, with long classic kurtas in rich pictorial motifs convey a sophisticated look. If you thought vegetable colours were dull and boring, take a look at the cotton and silk block-printed collections at these boutiques. Ikat is in vogue while kurtis with sequins, badla and sitara work are all the rage on the campus.

SMITHA SADANANDAN

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