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Make a winter statement

MENTION PASHMINA and the first thing that comes to mind besides the soft woollen fabric is the clamour by environmentalists against this fabric. The sheer cost of the material restricts its use by a select clientele - the elite. But when pashmina is blended with other fabrics, the resultant effect is good enough to be used for various purposes and the cost certainly comes down. Take a look at Rekha Lahoti's creations at Sarang boutique (8-2-585/1/B, road no.10, Banjara hills, Hyderabad. Tel: 6822121)and you will be amazed at the way the blended pashmina has lent itself to making of saris and dress materials. Although Hyderabad does not have much of a winter like the northern cities, it still gets a little cold at nights and early mornings. The pashmina-blended saris have been brought out at just the right time.

Soft and `tweed-like', the blended fabric (pashmina is blended with tussar, silk or georgette) is made at Bhagalpur in Bihar from where it is sourced by Rekha. The basic saris are in beige and off-whites. Using her imagination, Rekha then brushes them with colour, prints them or embroiders them. Vegetable dyes and block prints (mostly floral) made by Rekha impart a traditional yet trendy look to the sari. The effect is subtle and sober and there is nothing garish about it. There are some which are embroidered with sequins too. All the saris have attached blouse pieces.

Make a winter statement

A few block-printed salwar-kameez suits are also available in these blended fabrics although the range of the saris is wider. While the saris are priced at around Rs. 2000 plus, the price of the salwar suits begins at Rs. 975.

Besides pashmina blends there are many other saris in different fabrics with exquisite embroidery. One can even choose a plain sari (either from the boutique or one can take it from home) and get it dyed and embroidered according to one's choice. From a plain material it is remarkable to see the transformation in each sari.

Make a winter statement

A variety of embroidery stitches, transfer work, antique zardozi, sequins, mokaish embellish the saris.

Make a winter statement

There are a few blouse materials with delicate zardozi (oxidised) and beads in silk and brocade and even bandhini which can be mixed and matched with any sari.

Sarang is a place of imagination and creativity. Explore this to the best possible extent to get something different in your wardrobe this season.

R.R.

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