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Shopping unlimited

Onam is serious business for boutiques in the city, which stock the latest saris and outfits to woo the clientele


THE PURCHASING power of the consumer is supposed to be at its peak during festivals, aided as it is by bonuses and thriftiness shown the year round. The sales and discounts offered by major players in the market to coincide with the festive season are the icing on the cake. It is the same with Onam in Thiruvananthapuram. This is the time when shoppers throw caution to the wind and splurge on clothes, accessories, appliances and what not.

While man have quite a few options today, it is the fairer sex that has the upper hand when it comes to fashion. And thanks to a proliferation of boutiques, it has become possible to keep in sync with the latest fad. With a few more days to go before Thiruvonam, let us catch up on what is on offer at the various boutiques in the city.

Czarina

Czarina, the exclusive sari boutique at Catholic Centre, has unveiled a new Onam collection. Apart from a large collection of chiffons, georgettes, crepes, silks, and tissue with sequins, aari, and zardozi work on them, saris with crystals, mirror work and antique embroidery can be picked up at the store. Exquisite kundan work on pure silk and crepes, elegant Kashmiri embroidery on silk, coloured crystals, daboo prints and badla work are among the fast-moving items at Czarina. Sequins, on printed and plain saris and salwar kameez coordinates, are aplenty at the store. Block prints highlighted with mirror work are also available. If you need something traditional to flaunt during the season, silk saris in bright colours from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are just the things for you.

Ethnic Weaves

Ethnic Weaves has stocked on crepes silks with cutwork and hand embroidery this Onam. These are priced between Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 5,000. If you had your heart set on some beautiful sari, you can choose from Tussar silks, Pashmina silks, or georgettes and chiffons with Kashmiri embroidery. Ever tried wearing Pashmina silk with block prints? If the answer is no, head for the store. Salwar kameez sets with crochet work on the dupatta can be picked up for party wear. Those with floral patterns and embroidered outlines or embellished with badla work, crystals and stones are extremely popular.

Cotton{+2}

Cotton{+2} at Kaudiar has a new collection of Bengal cottons and Village cottons, aimed at the working woman. A range of outfits such as kurtis, short tops and readymade salwar kameez coordinates from the Gauri label of Kottayam can also be picked up here, apart from some eye catching and sturdy home linen.

Ashima

Ashima at Narmada Complex, Kaudiar, has saris in tissue, georgette, chiffons, and crepes with embroidery and other embellishments. Georgette saris with bandhni prints and sequins, along with silk cotton saris are quite popular. Ashima also has Banarasi saris in pastel shades and self-prints for the evening out. These come in the range of Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,500. If you want to look even more fashionable, saris in super net tissue with embroidery and sequins would be the ideal choice.

Shingari

Shingari, on the Pattom-Kuravankonam road, has some eye-catching Dhaka and Village cottons, Chanderi saris, and silk cottons in Pochampalli prints. Plain and printed synthetic saris with sequins (Rs. 300) is for the young who want something trendy yet affordable.


Georgette salwar kameez with Parsi embroidery, complete with lining, is something that you should find a place for in your wardrobe. Tussar cottons with chiffon dupattas, unstitched salwar kameez coordinates with unattached yokes, voil salwar kameez with chord work are among the other stuff on display. If the usual mirror work has you bored stiff, check out the Hyderabadi mirror work here. Smaller, intricate and with mirrors in shapes other than the usual round ones make for a good buy.

Suryakala

Suryakala specialises in block-printed and painted saris. Multi-coloured saris with a fade effect are something unique in the boutique. Mangalgiri saris with painting and embroidery, organza saris with appliqué work and crepe saris with kantha work are among the other saris that Suryakala has for Onam. Block-printed ones are also available at Suryakala.

Pakitu

Pakitu is sticking to cottons for Onam. It has a good collection of ikat saris from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Rudraksha, animal and floral motifs are found in the Orissa saris, while those from Andhra Pradesh sport geometrical patterns such as squares and triangles. Original lehariya prints from Rajasthan are also available at the boutique. Unmistakable owing to their uneven diagonal stripes, lehariya prints can be used for saris and salwar kameez coordinates. Bandhni saris in vibrant colours and village cottons can also be picked up at the store.

Village cottons in the range of Rs. 250 make ideal gifts during Onam. Sari matters

COME ONAM and it is time to buy onakkodi for the family. The traditional Kerala handloom sari is inextricably linked to this harvest festival. Time has wrought changes though and the kasavu sari is being given a modern spin. Painting, embroidery, appliqué work - all are being employed to give the sari a makeover.

Suryakala

Suryakala, at Karamana, has a good collection of Kerala saris painted in gold and silver.

Ethnic Weaves

Kerala saris with broad kasavu and cutwork on the pallu can be picked up at Ethnic Weaves for Rs. 4,500.

Cotton{+2}

Nothing fancy about the collection here. The store stocks simple Kerala saris with kasavu borders.

Square One Talents

Square One Talents at Pattom has innovated a lot with Kerala saris. These are priced between Rs. 850 and Rs. 1,500. Saris with gold and coloured borders are hand painted in the same colour combinations to brighten the look. Those with cutwork on the pallu, border and even the body in colours that match the sari border make for a good buy. Saris with intricate network and embroidery are also available. Heighten the kasavu effect with golden thread embroidery on the body. Take your pick of the hand-painted saris with images of Shakuntala and Damayanti recreated on the pallu. Stencil-painted saris with traditional motifs such as peacocks and those with Japanese paintings on the pallu can also be picked up from Square One Talents.

Kerala saris with appliqué work are available, as also those with couching. In colours such as red, green and orange, the couching work offsets the ivory tone of the Kerala sari and is very attractive.

R.K.R.

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