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T. KRTIHIKA REDDY
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CHATLINE Handwoven can be haute, believes designer Anaka Narayanan who rearticulates traditional textiles to suit contemporary urban tastes. T. KRTIHIKA REDDY gets into the warp and weft of her work

Imagine bandhani done in fine clusters for a stunning effect, ikat with an eyeball-grabbing python skin motif or mushru with stripes of different widths running across in opposing directions… all these unusual twists to our famous textile traditions are some of the fine points of Anaka Narayanan's coveted separates.

In the quicksand of the fashion world, you rarely meet someone whose creations consciously link the present with the past. Having chosen to work with handwoven textiles and indigenous skills, Anaka's collections stand out in a market cluttered with designers who don't think beyond bling or diaphanous mill-made fabrics. She tries to rewrite the rules of fashion by taking inspiration from traditional textiles and using them to create contemporary Western silhouettes. Now, who said handspun isn't haute? Let's get down to Brass Tacks…

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