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In shades of indigo

Many designers have come together to create magic at the Only Indigo exhibition, on at 7W, Wallace Gardens, till November 15.

INDIGO SPELLS myriad moods. The romance of the poetic hues of `Neelambari', of the "bubbles as they begin to sing in the vat". The infinite grace of the indigo dyed apparel of the Ajanta figurines and the timeless celebration of environment loving values...

A bit of all this plus sheer contemporary couture excitement comes to town at ` Only Indigo', an exhibition-cum-sale of saris, salwar kurta ensembles, stoles and shawls coloured in the world's oldest dye. The designers who have worked contemporary magic with `Only Indigo' in both every day and special wear are some of India's best — Puja Nayyar, Prana, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Silk Route, Rehane, Creative Blue, Mukesh, Soundarya, India India, Aranya, Munnar and Aranya from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Shibori and tie and dye, ikkat weaves, block prints in imaginative permutations and combinations, as well as stunning use of various shades of indigo define the `Only Indigo' collection.

There are stoles that are designed to steal your heart! Crafted in the Shibori style of tie and dye, the bold yet delicate stole-cum-shawls make statements of great chic. Done in soft silk, the stoles that come in a variety of designs are attached to lengths of woven silk, giving them subtle shading. There are Uppada and Mangalgiri stoles too; ethereal, gold edged and with delicate motifs on the sides.

The indigo dyed saris are a steal too for their superb craftsmanship and aesthetics. `Soundarya' saris, familiar to Chennai cognoscenti, are symphonies in shades of blue, superb fields of muted block prints and tonal elegance.

The Bangladeshi saris are more bold and exuberant and less subtle while the familiar bordered Orissa silks offer a choice of ikkat patterned saris in shades of indigo.

In shades of indigo

Bold tie and dye motifs on georgette and silk dupattas and salwar kurta sets are other indigo attractions at `Only Indigo'.

Also available are deep blue kurtas, block printed and Shibori style jackets and Zen tops and T-shirts. The range of smart everyday and evening tops makes stylish statements, as blue mingles with more blue in elegantly cut straight tops, in pin tucks and Shibori style sheens, in stripes and block prints. The exhibition also offers a wide range of indigo block printed yardage in traditional and avant-garde mode.

TheOnly Indigo' exhibition-cum-sale is on at 7W, 7 Wallace Gardens, Off Nungambakkam till November 15.

PUSHPA CHARI

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