The canvas of cotton
Accedo, the latest boutique in the city, opens the visitor to a whole new world of cotton with a touch of art.
COOL COTTONS: Mangalagiris are a must.
THE BLACK and white stark décor of Accedo Boutique is broken with a dash of colour. It may seem like any contemporary boutique but for certain items which prove the artistic talent of the owner.
Manzoor Hussain, the man behind the boutique, is an artist who took to screen-printing.
For instance, a mirror in the shape of a face (with hair and lips etched) and a wrought iron frame with the shape of ears arrests attention on account of the ingenuity.
A few terracotta pots hand-painted by Manzoor enhance the ethnic element of the shop. Opened just last week Accedo (situated at MGR Estate's, next to Wang's Kitchen, Dwarakapuri Colony, Punjagutta. Tel: 55109110.email: firstname.lastname@example.org), is a new label in the world of cotton.
For it stocks an entire range of handcrafted, embroidered suits on Mangalagiri cotton, printed suits, printed kaftans, printed designer kaftans, printed short tops and pants, pyjamas, quilts (single and double), tote bags, cushion covers, toilet bags and spectacle cases.
The artist's touch is evident in the motifs chosen for the screen-printing. With an experience of 14 years in the trade, Manzoor has launched this label and boutique (Accedo is a Latin word meaning agreed.
MIRRORING VARIETY: Manzoor Hussain gives the final touches. Photos: K. Ramesh Babu
Incidentally Manzoor itself means the same). Art is on fabric which is the canvas for Manzoor.
And the canvas is cotton. The motifs are Indian - traditional and contemporary, abstract, geometric and floral. Manzoor's creativity is inspired by miniatures and kalamkari.
It is unleashed in various ways on cotton. While the bags, cushion covers and quilts have a predominance of black and white (of course with a touch of red, mustard or grey), the kaftans, salwar-kameez, pants and tops are in a mosaic of colours.
Rows of designer printed kaftans and printed kaftans warrant your attention as they are neatly hung in a row. Available in small, medium, large and extra large, the printed and designer kaftans are priced at Rs. 300 and Rs. 375.
PRINT MARVELS: From accessories to quilts, the range is wide.
The printed readymade salwar-kameez sets (with a touch of embroidery) cost above Rs. 600, while the stitched Mangalagiri ones embellished with embroidery, mirrors and appliqué work with co-ordinated dupattas cost from Rs. 950 and above. The colour scheme for the Mangalagiri materials is designed by Manzoor who gets it woven in the outskirts of the city.
College girls can pick up cotton pants for Rs. 210 and short tops (in medium and large size) for Rs. 100. There are a few gents kurtas and shirts as well price at Rs. 275 and Rs. 225 only.
Tote bags are worth picking up. Elegant and stylish, they are functional as well. In a variety of designs, these are priced at Rs. 150. The `jhola' variety (which can pulled together by a string) is also available.
Cushion covers with interesting motifs are priced at Rs. 50 only. Other accessories like toilet bags (Rs. 150) and spectacle cases (Rs. 30) can be picked up off the shelves.
Manzoor has plans to expand further. "On the anvil are upholstery and bed and table linen. I also want to stock some dress materials and dupattas in due course." Manzoor is open to designers and new ideas. "If the designs are feasible, I will print them," he says.
The important aspect of the boutique is the budget-friendly pricing. With many top home furnishing brands catering to upmarket clientele, Manzoor wants to make things accessible to the middle class. This is perhaps the USP of his items which will stand him in good stead.
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