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Designers' delight

Choose the fabric and design your own clothes



Splash of weaves

IT'S A wondrous splash of weaves in vibrant colours at this new place for mix n'match enthusiasts. . Discerning customers can turn designers, picking up the right colour in the fabric of their choice, says Kunjumol Cyriac, who has opened the outlet, next to her three-year-old `Ethnic Weaves' in Kesavadasapuram.

Ethnic ambience

The ambience is truly ethnic - `nadumittom' of sorts blends with Assam cane on the walls and carved wooden pillars and doors from Chettinad. And stacked in cane racks are exclusive reams of material from across the country. There are Mangalgiri cottons from Andhra Pradesh - checks, stripes and plain with `zari' border ranging between Rs.70 and Rs.120 a metre. `Kalamkaris' with floral designs, vegetable-dyed `Bagh' prints from Madhya Pradesh and Jaipuri block prints cost less than Rs. 100 a metre. Mangalgiris with `Kalamkari' print exude a richer look; Ikkat cottons from Pochampally come in striking hues.

There are a whole lot of cotton dupattas. The most expensive are perhaps those from Orissa and the silk-cotton mix Maheswari dupattas with 'zari' border - from Rs. 450 upwards. The cotton body and silk border ones from Kancheepuram are gorgeous.

If you like some earthy accessories, there are pendants, earrings and bangles in burnt terracotta. For those who want more glitzy stuff, there are Tussars from Bangalore and Kolkotta, mostly in subtle cream and beige; they are in the Rs. 150-250 per metre range. Then there are jute silks and organza from Bhagalpur, matka silks and printed crepe silks. Among dupattas falling between Rs. 350 and Rs. 800, there are `Shibori' and `Bandhni' from Jaipur, and pure chiffons with `kadi' print.

ANITHA K. MOOSATH
Photo: N. Balaji

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