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Updated: February 27, 2010 12:54 IST

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Alluring ‘Kalahasti Kalakmari’ sari
The Hindu
Alluring ‘Kalahasti Kalakmari’ sari

The exhibition offers a bewildering array of saris

Forget everything you've been told about tights, tunic tops and the layered look. Make a style statement with the grande Dame of all fashion flavours and bring back the sari. Combining elegance and style with functionality, the kind of variety in pattern, material and shade boggles the mind. And now all these varieties are available under one roof at the ongoing Lepakshi exhibition.

The Lepakshi Cotton & Silk FAB brings together over 55 weavers, designers and manufacturers from across the length and breadth of the country in a bewildering display of saris and dress materials in every conceivable colour and texture. Taking place in Srinagar Colony, the exhibition includes handlooms from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

With a price range of Rs. 500 to Rs. 50,000, there's something to suit every pocket and occasion. The wares include lightweight Lucknowi chickan in elegant pastel shades, fancy tussar and raw silk saris from Chhattisgarh, the multi-purpose Mangalagiri, hand-woven Chanderi saris, and rich silk saris from Kanchipuram and Kashmir. The colours range from commonplace blues and greens to rich shades of mulberry, magenta and ochre.

Dress materials are also widely available, along with embroidered cotton kurtas priced at Rs. 250, and tops at Rs. 750, for the college-going or working girl. Several counters also sport fabric-painted dress material and tops, embellished with rakish peacocks, dancing girls and animals. The Lepakshi exhibition is on at Sri Satyasai Nigamagamam in Srinagar Colony until March 2 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.