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Fine textured: Swapna Collection of silk saris at Radha Silk Emporium. Photo: M. Vedhan
Fine textured: Swapna Collection of silk saris at Radha Silk Emporium. Photo: M. Vedhan

Nothing can be more traditional than silk for Deepavali. The preferred clothing, among women (young and old) for this festival is sari. A common sight in the city on the day of Deepavali is women preening in silk. And leading shops in the city have kept pace with changing taste. Their saris sparkle and dazzle. Their rich shades, heavy zari work, embroidered design, some accentuated with stunning embellishments such as kundans, sequins and beads, coupled with the sheen of silk make an ideal outfit for the festival. “Mixing the traditional with the modern, silk with other special materials, we have released the new collection — Swapna saris this year,” says Jairam, MD, Radha Silk Emporium (Rasi). The collection reflects the interweaving of the traditional and the modern that Rasi stands for. The traditional paisly, vanki and kodi motifs, and the Bavanchi pallu share space with geometrical designs and fancy embroidery on stripes and short colours in traditional silk and in interesting interweaves between jute and silk, kota and silk and net and silk, among others. There are 12 varieties in all and these reflect the rich variety from across the country.

Swapna Loka is a contrast of maroon and black. Temple motifs feature in a zig-zag pattern and the Bavanchi pallu adds richness. Swapna Madhuri with striking black and white Gadwal stripe has a contrasting black border. Floral motifs are woven with silver and gold zari on the border. Swapna Thilaka is two-part sari, with maroon and green short colours displaying a geometric pattern on the top. The bottom half has maroon and mustard short colours. Its Bavanchi pallu has three parts to it paisly leaf motif on either side, with buttas in between.

While Swapna Laya is a half and half tussar silk, Swapna Singara is raw silk. Swapna Bindhu is a two-part silk summer crepe sari with geometrical design in jute and zari on the pallu. Swapna Rani is a blend of silk and kota whose border and pallu have fancy patchwork. Swapna Roopa is a pure white sari which is embellished with jute and zari motifs. Swapna Chandira, Swapna Geetha and Swapna jwala are others in the category. Jeyasree Ravi, Proprietor, Sri Palam Silks, says, “We have launched 10 to 12 designs that suit the traditional and contemporary tastes.” For those who prefer subtle designs, Jaishree has an elegant black and white collection. The designs are floral and givean illusion of a painting. The Trikantika sari is plain with zari in the neck portion. It is a combo of two colours. While the top half is plain the lower half has 2-3 coloured vertical bands. With rich zari work on the pallu it is priced from Rs. 8,000 onwards.

The Anthariksha Sari has everything to do with the sky. The border and pallu depict the day sky while the body reflects the night sky. The Samkarshana silk has a jute finish. Soft silks have been introduced this year. They have double pallu and the pleat portion has a different colour. Trishika, Aharvanya and Varshika are some of the other varieties. The Kalpavriksha sari is a customised one for which orders are undertaken. Clients can choose the body, pallu and border designs.

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