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Traditional weaves

Saris and salwar suits from Chettinad are on display at 95 Parklane, Secunderabad till October 9.

VIBRANT COLOURS: An assemblage of salwar suits.

MANY A time one finds politicians Sonia Gandhi and Jayanthi Natarajan wearing beautiful ethnic saris and admires the colour combinations and traditional weaves. These saris are from Chettinad, the region around Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, which is known for its spicy cuisine. Chettinad saris are quite a rage today given the ethnic look many are going in for.

Bright colour combinations, checked patterns and stripes in good cotton characterise these saris. These saris are available in Hyderabad too. An exhibition of these saris is being held at 95 Parklane, Secunderbad (tel: 7812160) till October 9.

The exhibition can be checked out on another account besides the saris. There are salwar-kameez suits too. Very similar to the saris in terms of colour blends and borders, these suits have a full dupatta which looks attractive when opened completely. They are priced at Rs. 780. "These do not require starch and are easy to maintain," says Sreedevi, who is organising this exhibition. Sreedevi has her looms in Chettinad and goes there periodically to work on the designs, which are modified keeping the traditional patterns in mind. She started her now `flourishing' business five years ago and has exhibited her creations at Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Kerala and supplies saris to the popular Nalli showrooms at Chennai and Bangalore.

ETHNIC & ELEGANT: Checks and stripes mark the saris. - Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

Salwar-suits followed the saris and it is for the first time that she is displaying them at 95 Parklane. The saris and suits stand out on account of the borders - narrow and broad with geometric and paisley patterns. Some of the saris have attached blouses and are priced at Rs. 890. Mercerised cottons (100 counts) in big checked combinations with a kind of `zari' border cost Rs. 1,240.

One can also get the salwar-kameez stitched as tailoring facilities are available at the outlet.

If you want to join the ethnic bandwagon, be sure to have a look at the range between 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. After the exhibition these hand-woven creations can be checked out at Flat no 102, Gayatri Paradise, 111 Jyothi Colony, Near AOC Gate, Kakaguda, Secunderabad. Tel: 7745814.


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