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Yards of delight In fine weaves
Yards of delight In fine weaves

An exclusive range of hand-crafted saris sourced from across the country is available at Fabindia’s first standalone sari store in Bangalore

A melange of colours greet you at the newly-opened Fabindia sari store. All neatly arranged in comfy corners, you have the classy off-whites, earthy colours, indigos and greens vying for attention.

Saris in subtle tones, fine fabric and intricate craftsmanship make this collection unique. No over-the-top colours, no jazzy embellishments and no synthetics. All the saris are hand-crafted, hand-woven and hand-printed.

“You won’t find even a single piece of synthetic yarn anywhere in the collection,” the person in-charge at the store insists.

Fabindia has classified its collection of saris into three broad categories — Revival, Traditional, and Contemporary — and you will find them all at the new store.

Traditional cotton and silk weaves and contemporary printing define the contemporary collection. So, there are bold combinations — blue and vermilion, blue with a patch of green; traditional floral motifs give way to geometric motifs in the form of triangles and woven circle designs.

There is a mix of fabrics too, for instance — fine tussar with a rougher version to get unusual textures, cottons with exotic weaves on borders, bold patterns on Maheshwari cotton, Kota cotton with gold zari borders, Jamdani weaves on silk tussar, silk cotton and tussar with sequin work woven inside the sari, to name a few. Check out the different shades of indigo in this collection.

“The objective is to promote sari wearing and promote it as a corporate garment,” she adds. The Revival collection is an attempt to revive languishing printing and weaving methods that are in danger of dying out.

There is a mix of the South and the North.

Natural dyes

The focus is on Koraput saris, woven by the tribals of Madhya Pradesh. The natural dye for the saris is extracted from the aal tree (pink shades from younger trees and darker shades from older trees).

Ajrakh print on gajji silk from Kutch, silk telia rumals from Andhra, unique Jamdani weaves (created on existing weaves by a supplementary weft) from Bengal, double ikkat from Andhra, kalamkari on ikkat weaves — the collection is extraordinary.

Block prints

The Traditional collection showcases traditional weaves. Gadhwal cottons from Andhra, fine cottons in off-white team up with silk borders, cottons from Bengal, block prints on Venkatagiri cottons, block-printed kalamkaris and Mangalagiris, block prints on Maheshwari, chanderi — all come in earthly colours.

Saris in a combination of khadi fabric and fine tussar look elegant and come in vegetable-dyed colours.

There are matching readymade wrap-around blouses (predominantly cotton), semi-stitched blouses and accessories such as bangles, jewellery and bags to go with the saris. Prices of saris begin at Rs. 795 and for the blouses it starts at Rs. 390

Fabindia sari outlet is located at 5, Embassy Chambers (above FFolio), Vittal Mallya Road. Ph: 42110164/ 65. Open from 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. on all days.

K. JESHI

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