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HARSHINI VAKKALANKA
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Show Bai Lou and Vaya exhibit saris from the Bengal and the Maheshwar traditions

Cast a spellWith fine fabrics and designs
Cast a spellWith fine fabrics and designs

Bai Lou and Vaya are bringing their summer collection to the city for the first time. The collection features saris in muslin, abir and South Indian textiles apart from chic linen. “This time the focus is on fine cotton, featuring pure linens with open gauze and solid weaves, along with some heavy cottons introducing techniques of jamdanis and mock linens, and also textiles with blends of silk and cotton,” says Bai Lou. The collection also features saris that interpret the technique of gorod, a weaving technique using a cut shuttle to colour block and create different textures in the same sari.

Bai Lou works with weavers of Bengal, whose area of expertise as well as highest earners are the saris. “We are inspired by the idea of the revival of old techniques with jamdanis, plain naksha borders, double and triple cloths and the interaction between traditional skills and new yarns and colours. So we have introduced two or three yarns in the same sari to create new textures while reinventing motifs and adding a new colour palette to traditional weaves.”

This time they have also drawn inspiration from North-Eastern weaves, which incorporate eri silks for texture in soft drapes and eclectic colour combinations. The colour palette, according to Bai Lou, includes bright pastels, lime green, and a lot of yellow. “People should basically look into the fineness of the Bengal cotton and hidden textures.”

The exhibition will also include Vaya’s festive collection designed by Mira Sagar, who worked with weavers of Maheshwar. The collection will showcase a range of saris and dupattas in vibrant colours with prints and mukaish highlighting the delicate, textiles of Maheshwar.

The exhibition is on April 5 and 6 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Raintree, near ITC Windsor. For details, contact 32723251 or 22354396.

HARSHINI VAKKALANKA

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