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Talking about tunics

Long, short, flared, layered, asymmetrical and contrast...The clothes at The Great Indian Tunic festival by Pralochana Designs has something for everyone. Owner Sulochana Malhotra who has been in the business for the past 30 years says, “I love designing. Initially I used to make clothes for kids. Then later, I started making clothes for a few stores. With time, I came up with one of my own.”

Now she sources clothes from across the country for her store. “We have a lot of double layered tunics. We play with fabrics and prints and it is great to mix and match with different kinds of pants.”

In the display are cold shoulder tunics, and cowl-necked inspired ones. “We have adapted the cowl to the lower part of the tunic. It falls in folds and looks very smart when worn.”

They have tunics in cotton, Chanderi, chiffon, georgette, and modal. She says her young customers prefer Chanderi as it is light and has a rich look. The works range from appliqué, zardozi, aari and gota.

“In the olden times, the silver and gold used for gota was pure. It was then made for the aristocracy in Rajasthan. Now of course, they don’t use the precious metals so much, but still it’s a fine art.”

Showing a tunic with Gota and Chikan work, Malhotra says “Chikan is from Lucknow and gota from Rajastan. I combine traditions here.”

Indigo and dabu tunics are also in display. “Dabu is hand made. It uses vegetable dye and therefore, the colours available are limited”. The sale is on for this season and the price ranges from ₹690-₹12000.

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