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Traditional weaves

Be it hand-embroidered tussars that you want or the latest jute dress material, `Ethnic Weaves' has it all and more...


THE NAME `Ethnic Weaves' says it all. A house for saris, salwar kameez and dupattas at Kesavadasapuram, it weaves an ambience that makes shopping a pleasurable experience.

Doors that open on the inside, roof lined with metha paya, terracotta pots and paintings and shelves and hangars done up in cane give the shop an ethnic look.

Apart from cottons, `Ethnic Weaves' has a good collection of chiffons, georgettes, tissue and crepe.

Dupattas, unstitched kurtas and three-piece sets are available in attractive Kalamkari prints. While the dupattas cost Rs. 250, kurtas cost Rs. 200 and whole sets cost Rs.550.

Dress material in Chettinad cottons is priced at around Rs. 650, while that in jute, a rage among the fashion conscious, is priced between Rs. 790 and Rs. 820. Embroidered in floral motifs, these employ silver threadwork.

Also available are Jaipur cottons in pastel hues with cotton and chiffon dupattas. Sets with cotton dupattas are priced at Rs. 480, while those with chiffon dupattas are priced at Rs. 650.

Fine Oriya cottons with temple design and ikat motifs are priced between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,200. In a thicker material, these are priced around Rs. 760.

If a different look is what you want to achieve, you can pick up salwar kameez material in pure white. These can be matched with white dupattas with floral prints, lehariya strips in fluorescent green and yellow, and worked with sequins.


Kurtas with pintucks and chiffon printed pyjamas cost Rs. 650, while georgettes with floral prints cost Rs. 800.

Block-printed Mangalagiri dupattas cost Rs. 280.

Georgettes with badla work cost Rs. 880, while those with a fully embroidered kameez cost Rs.1,680. Hakobas with chiffon dupattas cost Rs.1,200.

Silk cotton salwar kameez sets cost Rs. 1,860, while the ones with a heavy zari dupatta come for Rs. 1,980.

`Ethnic Weaves' has a large collection of tussar saris. Hand embroidered tussar saris in kasuti designs are priced around Rs. 2,600, while hand-worked ones cost Rs.1,950. While plain tussar saris with cut work cost up to Rs. 3,500, those dyed in attractive hues cost up to Rs. 4,000. Tussars with block prints on them cost Rs. 1,700.

Crepe silks with plain pallus and block prints on their edge are priced at Rs. 1,900. Crepe silks with cutwork done on them are also available. Block-printed crepe silks and those with kadi prints on them come in the range of Rs. 1,600 to Rs. 1,900.

Designer saris with Kalamkari print attached to the borders and the body, replete with aari work, Swarovski crystals, beads and sequins, come for Rs. 4,000 and above.

Kantha work on tussar silk with heavy pallus and embroidery on the body come for Rs. 4,000.

Tissue kota saris with cutwork cost Rs. 1,200.

Ikat saris come in the range of Rs. 500 to Rs. 700.

Bandhani design on crepe silk saris are priced at Rs. 1,850. Pashmina silks cost Rs. 1,900, while butter silks that promise smooth silken touch are priced between Rs. 1,180 and Rs. 1,400.

Village cotton saris with blouse pieces cost Rs. 1,180. Mangalagiri saris with threadwork borders cost Rs. 580. Block-printed Mangalagiri saris cost Rs. 950, while those without border and block-printed cost Rs. 780.

Pallavi cotton saris with attached blouse pieces are available for Rs. 550. Rajasthani Kota saris with chikan work cost Rs. 1,400.

R.K.R.

Photos: S. Gopakumar

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