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Mix, match and stitch

Check out Anokha for affordable stuff

THE DUO had their share of travails with the tailors. Now, they ensure that their customers do not go back from their boutique, `Anokha' (Above Ninth Wave showroom, Opp. Hotel Taj Banjara, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills), grumbling.

That's K. Sharada and Karthikeyini, who started a matching centre called `Sree Sai Collections' at the same venue a year ago. What started as a pastime some years ago has now culminated in a boutique. "We started off as a tailoring unit in the basement of our house - to utilise our free time constructively plus teach other women what little we knew in terms of stitches, embroidery and other kinds of work," says Sharada about the duo's venture. "Primarily, we started our shop as there is no matching centre in this area and people have to go either to Lakdikapul or Ameerpet to check out blouses for their saris.

Now, with repeated requests from our regular customers, we have started stocking dress materials and saris to make it a one-stop destination," she says.

Today, the spacious boutique, with its attached workshop, takes up orders for stitching too (Rs. 125 for salwar kameez and Rs. 35 for a blouse), apart from additional services like machine embroidery, mirror, frame and needle works. The boutique owners take pride in the fact that a lot of NRI customers and foreigners who stay at the star hotels in the vicinity pick up stuff from the boutique.

While the dress materials are priced at Rs. 350 upwards, saris come in the range of Rs. 400 and above. The fabrics range from cottons, chiffons, crepes and georgettes to bandhinis and silks. Chirala, Mangalagiri and crush cottons in unique designs form a proud part of the salwar range and Coimbatore saris are the sought after in that section. Don't be put off by the location, just check out the cool and affordable place.

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