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The Bengali touch

At Tangaill, the range of Bengal cotton saris with elaborate work compels attention


EVEN THOUGH today's women prefer to wear salwar kurtas and trousers, saris still have a special place in their wardrobe. This is evident from the number of designer sari labels that is available in the market. As for the fabric, one would think cotton is not be the best bet for designer saris. Think again. For Tangaill, an exclusive Bengal cotton sari boutique does just that. "Tangaill is a kind of material from which the saris are spun. It has also taken its name from a district in Bangladesh," says Ananya Ghosh of the recently opened shop.

The store offers a wide variety — hand printed, block printed, appliqué and batik work, hand-painted, embroidered and rubber printed saris. "Both in Chennai and Kolkata, people prefer cotton, due to climatic conditions. Even for special occasions, people prefer cotton saris with elaborate work than heavy silks."

Silk saris with thread border and work on the pallu give them a dressy look. The work has been done with the tangaill material as the base. Kantha worked saris in cotton and tussar are eye-catchers as are the jamdhani designs in traditional Bengali combination of red and white. "We also custom-make saris," says Ananya. "What's more, if a customer likes a particular sari and wants it converted to a kurta, that can also be done."


The saris are priced from Rs. 235 upward. Tussar saris with kantha work can cost about Rs. 1,500 or more depending on the work.

The Tangaill boutique is located at Rajalakshmi Mahal (beside Maya Plaza), 108/73, Sir Theyagaraya Road, Pondy Bazar, T.Nagar. Ph. 28151546.

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