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Natural elegance

Pick up gold and cotton weaves from Creative Bee during the exhibition till February 26


WHEN A hi-fi designer picks up stuff, particularly cottons in gold weaves from Creative Bee for his show at Milan it definitely means something. This design studio of Bina and K.S. Rao has been producing top-of-the-line fabrics, which are hot amongst top-end designers and couturiers. These ethnic fabrics spell haute elegance too. Creative Bee (109, Kochar Apartments, Begumpet. Tel: 27762857, 55338261) is now having a sale for three days on its `Cotton and Gold' - cool range of fine cottons with elegant gold in weave and print till February 26 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Texture and colour (particularly printing with vegetable dyes) is the forte of the Rao's. Constant experimentation and innovation ensures chic stuff for the elite and ethnic conscious.

Bina goes by international forecast while designing colours and fabrics. Red, ivory and indigo were this year's colours for Milan. "We had created the gold print (not kadhi) on filiature (a blend of high-twist silk and cotton which is like organza) in the three colours for summer and this top designer picked up yardage to use for his ensembles along with saris and stoles," says Bina.

For the imminent summer ahead, she has a whole range of gold and cotton fabrics ideal for evening wear. Gold in tussar, filiature, net in various colours along with kalamkari and other block prints are the highlights of the exhibition.

The saris (with blouses) are in a variety of shades like lime green, pale orange, magenta, blue and so on. Dress materials in gicha silk, cotton (kalamkari with gold dupattas), tussar and dupattas to mix and match are high-fashion stuff.

Besides the gold weaves, Bina also offers a new array of abstract designs in Mangalagiri saris (priced around Rs. 600). A low-budget range (Rs. 1200 to Rs. 1600 compared to the high designer ones which cost Rs. 6000 above) of Uppada saris has also been woven for the season.

Creative Bee is also offering a discount of 10 per cent on all the materials, saris, dupattas and stoles till February 26. So cash in to look naturally haute.

R.R.

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