Style check for Onam

YARDS OF STYLE worked saris in various fabrics

YARDS OF STYLE worked saris in various fabrics  

Liza George finds out what is in this season

1lan knows no borders.The colour of Onam used to be the traditional cream and gold, now, many prefer to add a dash of colour to their wardrobe. This Onam drape yourself in a mirror worked heavy Khewa silk sari, a Kanchipuram-like Ahimsa silk one, or a georgette sari with embroidery. If you think, it's too early to buy that `perfect outfit' for the festival, think again as shops in the city are ready with their Onam collections. So, what's in? "It's heavy worked saris that are moving," says Sudha Suresh of Ashima.

Chiffons and georgettes

Ashima has stocked georgettes with ornate embroidery in various shades and tie and dye saris (Bandini) in silver prints or zardosi work. Chilli red, bottle green and deep blue are some of the shades that come on the Kanchipuram like Ahimsa saris sans zari. The boutique also has crochet rich Karachi work on chiffons, georgettes and cottons in delicate pastel shades.For those who want a dash of drama in their outfit, Czarina brings them their Onam collection in silks and cotton. Says Sheila James of Czarina, "The sari is no longer the centre of attention. Blouses are now important." So, if you have a floral white sari with a blue and yellow border, the blouse will have blue and yellow stripes. A new fabric called Khewa silk is Czarina's own addition. This block printed heavy silk sari comes adorned with either mirror work or prints. "It has a matte finish. It is similar to a Pashmina in terms of body and looks classy," feels Sheila.Ethnic Weaves has geared up for the season with a collection of georgettes, chiffon, cottons and silks. Patola saris with kutchi work, chiffon and crepe saris with silver dotted badla work, Tussar silk with tiny block printed (bagh) prints and saris with ornate zardosi work in various shades form part of their new collection.

Summer colours

Bright summer colours seem to be popular now. "Magenta is a hot favourite," says Kunjumol Cyriac of Ethnic Weaves as Lakshman Sreenivas, of Parthas adds, "People are now experimenting with colours, so most outfits come in contrasting colours. For instance pink and turquoise blue or lilac and purple." And if your fashion spells chic sans the nine yards, try out the bright cotton and silk churidars and kurtis, embellished with rich kantha work. Choose from Ikats or Kalamkari in cotton, and jutes and crepes with elegant kantha work. Leharia duppatas, silk duppatas with kantha work and bandini dupattas are available to add that touch of class.

Designer brand

Czarina, which stores the designer brand `Mantra,' has a wide range of cotton churidhars and kurtis in bright shades. According to R. Murali of Impressions, his boutique has readymades and dress material in handloom, which are decorated with stylish designs in colour. So, what's your style mantra this season?

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