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Bengal beckons

Rang Mahal, a weavers' organisation of West Bengal, is in the city with its annual collection



Yards of elegance: Bengal cotton saris on display at C. P. Arts Centre — Pic. by R. Ragu

RANG MAHAL, a weavers' organisation, which encourages the skills of the rural artisans of Nadia district in West Bengal, is back in Chennai with a collection of hand woven fabrics. Although a little too early for the festive season, the rich collection of Bengal cotton saris on show at the C.P. Arts Centre (mini hall), 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet is sure to attract sari-lovers. The collection includes dress materials and salwar suits too.

Saris in vibrant hues and with traditional motifs represent the craft tradition of Bengal. Contrasting colour schemes are the highlight of the collection. The Tangail saris with Nakashi borders and geometric patterns and the Dhaka butadar saris with elaborate pallus are eye-catching. Also on display are hand-painted saris depicting scenes of rural Bengal. The delicate appliqué work that is characteristic of the region has a timeless appeal.

However, the Minakari weaves and the Baluchar cottons deserve a special mention for their elegant and intricate work. Kantha, Kambira and resham work on saris and dress materials are inspired by Nature. The ever-popular Jamdhani saris beckon attention.

The prices range from Rs. 300 onwards. The exhibition is on till September 20.

PRASANNA SRINIVASAN

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