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Ethnic motifs


HAND BLOCK printed fabrics and ready-made have an everlasting charm. Cashing on this, Kalpastree is holding an exhibition of Bagh printed saris, salwar kurta ensembles and dupattas.

The collection which comes in a variety of fabrics — cotton, tussar, chiffon, crepe, Maheswari tissue and Chanderi — is a tribute to the craftsmanship of artisans who have been striving to keep this Central Indian tradition alive.

The Bagh printing technique traces its origins to the Sind region and uses vegetable and natural dyes such as indigo, turmeric roots, pomegranate skin, lac, iron, madder roots, fruit peels and leaves to create a rich yet subtle look. Blocks of teakwood add to that three dimensional effect.

The range available at Kalpastree comes in earthy hues of blue, red, green and tones typical of the region. The saris, which come in impressive combinations, are embellished with mirror work, zardosi, khadi printing and kundan work.

The exhibition is on till August 21 at Kalpa Druma, 72, Cathedral Road.

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