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A bit of everything



You'll probably walk in to Jade By Design to buy something and end up buying something else. -- Photo: Murali Kumar K.

WHAT'S IT with sequins, hand-embroidery, exotic organza, and zari that they find a place in every corner of people's homes — on cushions, tables, walls, beds, clothes... And we all suddenly seem to have a fancy for burning up exotic candles when we entertain at home. Things around the home, including curtains, seem to be growing younger!

Why else do we have a store like Jade By Design, tucked away in a corner of a cozy home and run by an entire family? Mom does the kurtas, saris and the embroidered specialities, younger daughter and NIFT-grad sources stoles and funky fabric from up north, older daughter and architect executes special custom orders and runs the store, and her husband's candle export unit supplies amazing candles that are now in the European market!

Done up

The little store is done up very well with candles lit in the centre of the store, a few purses arranged around the centrepiece... and the works.

Kavya Thimmaiah Prasanna is the architect who juggles clients in her practise and customers at the store. "I do interiors and am always sourcing stuff for people. So I thought I might do it myself at the store. So we opened out with a whole lot of furnishings." Her mother ran the Jade boutique earlier for 10 years, till it was recently redone in August.

Draped along with the silken kurtas with elaborate embroidery or just a hint around the neck are cotton-silk blend curtains in pinks, purples and greens. Striped and woven stoles in subtle beiges or wild reds, browns and pinks share space with multi-hued bags.

The thing about Jade By Design is that you'll probably walk in to buy something and end up buying something else. Because the family has thrown together so many odd things. So saris co-exist with table-runners and place mats, cushion covers, curtains, bags, stoles, candles, and clothes.

Maybe you'll get tempted by huge spiced gel candles with black peppercorns and red chilly decorations. Or may be you'll go for the more conventional jasmine, peach or orange scented ones. There are candles with zari borders, candles held together by bark, cinnamon sticks or bamboo, candles studded with shells and flower petals, candles that vaporise without dripping wax... "A lot of these we make on order for corporate gifting. We can even have a company's logo transferred onto a candle, making it an ideal Christmas or New Year gift," says Kavya.

Or you may just decide to buy an embroidered denim bag, or a colourful striped bag in cotton.

Rich silks

Cushion covers in rich silks in deep blues and fuschia pinks, with woven zari work or subtle self-embroidery and bead work dot the store. "My mother also specialises in making saris from running material," says Kavya. They also take orders and do entire co-ordinated sets of furnishing to go with the interiors.

Curtains range between Rs. 400 and Rs. 1,400, cushion covers range between Rs. 250 and Rs. 700, bags range between Rs. 200 and Rs. 600, kurtas and stoles are in the range of Rs. 200 onward. Candles start at Rs. 15 and go up to Rs. 1,000 for large tea-light candles and multi-wick candles with elaborate design. A set of six silk place mats come at around Rs. 350.

Jade By Design is located at 3265, 11th Main, 8th Cross, (near ESI Hospital), HAL 2nd Stage. Phone: 25262304.

BHUMIKA K.

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