The exhibition by SMSM ends March 15It's perfect for those who want a whole new wardrobe for this summer. Be it the colourful lycra with sequins a la Kareena Kappor in `Don' or the sequined aari worked ones Kajol wore in `Fanna,' all are available at the exhibition conducted at Putharikandam Maidan by SMSM. Those who like mixing and matching their clothes should check out the kurtis in jute and cotton which come in tie and dye prints, kalamkari, mirror-worked or sequined. Coming in various hues and sizes, the prices start from Rs. 150. To beat the heat by the beach, wrap around skirts in colourful geometric and floral vegetable dye designs will definitely have heads turning. Kashmiri skirts made of crushed material with tiny zari-like floral prints on them matched with a short top or kurti make for elegant evening wear. If you prefer saris, there are fabric painted, tie-and-dye and handlooms to choose from, in a rainbow of colours. Men can select from the various types of kurtas on display while children can choose from the bright traditional outfits.
AccessoriesAnd to accessorise your wear are drops, chains and bracelets. The current favourite amongst youngsters, clay and leather jewellery are available in various ethnic yet trendy designs. People with a fetish for bags should take a look at the zari and mirror-worked bags. The exhibition is not just about clothes, jewellery and accessories though. It's perfect also for people who are on the lookout for means to revamp their homes. From delicately carved wooden figurines to sun-kissed terracotta vases in various shapes and sizes, the fair promises to make your purse lighter. Bored with the plain looking corner in the room or even that empty space on the wall? A metal or wooden figurine will look great in that corner. Knick-knacks made of German silver and terracotta and even painted bottles will look great in the showcase. Lend your dining table some life with a lacy tablecloth and a basket of dry flowers. Coconut husks have adopted various avatars at the fair. Be it a monkey, an elephant, Ganesha or the traditional chirattaputtu kutti. The exhibits from all over the country offers cross-stitched worked cushion cases and chair backs from Marthandam and jewellery boxes, tea coasters and wall hangings from Jaipur.Check out the mattresses available if you need one, and pick out a bed sheet or two while you are at it. Designer rugs are also available, the latest designs being that of the Kerala boat race, jackfruit and banana tree. Dry flower arrangements are available at a counter as are products made out of Ramacham such as sandals, hats and scrubs. Open from morning to evening, the exhibition ends March 15. LIZA GEORGE