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Ethnic weaves

IN A world of new-age fabrics such as lycra and nylon, the breathable handlooms are still going strong, in fact they are best suited for the tropical heat. Time-tested these weaves are still evolving with contemporary inputs, thanks to organisations such as Dastkar Andhra, who bridge the gap between the rural artisans and urban markets. For the season, Dastkar Andhra brings chic weaves for the handloom exhibition at `also', (White House building) Begumpet (Tel: 23412047) from today till Saturday (April 12).

Ethnic weaves

On offer are trendy stripes, checks and solids in fresh colours— yellow, mustards, red, maroon and green apart from the traditional indigo hue in khadi, ikkat and Mangalagiri and painted kalamkari fabrics. Choose from the dress material (Rs. 35 per metre), dupatta (Rs.110 onwards), ready-to-wear kurtas and tops and saris at the exhibition.

Ethnic weaves

For more weaves, the exhibition presents creations in Uppada and Gadwal — elegant saris that display intricate weaving from Ghanshyam Sarode. A premier textile designer, he is a revivalist of ancient designs and creates an end product that has a blend of the ethnic and contemporary.

The saris are priced at Rs. 1,500 onwards.

Ethnic weaves

Check out the offerings from the looms at `also' between 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.