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Looking at exquisite motifs  

LOOKING FOR apparels that will match your personality? Seeking to improve that dog-eared upholstery in your living room? In search of a perfect cutlery set that will add a touch of elegance to your kitchen? Right from trendiest wear like laced frill frocks to toiletry and brochette the HSBC Bazaar at Ramakrishna Kalyana Mandapam has stocked it all.

Stalls on T-shirts, kiddies wear, ladies tops, bedspreads, picnic rugs, pyjamas, have been put up to cater to a variety of tastes and needs of visitors. At first glance, the sarees from Hubli in Karnataka seemed popular among the visitors. The hand embroidered `Dharwad Kasuti' is weaved with traditional motifs like the `Thream' or chariot, `Gopuram', `Swastik'.

According to Aasha Saula of the Empress Fashions (Dharwad), the embroidery is placed over a `net' on a saree. After the pattern is embroidered on the net, the thread is removed one by one. This will ensure that the design is imprinted on the saree. The motifs are stitched in `counts', after which geometrical patterns are arrived at.

The Kanchi, Kolkatta cotton, Maheshwari cotton (Indore), and Ikat cotton (Andhra Pradesh), are preferred for this type to design work. But the entire exercise becomes can become strenuous when it is done on crape and georgette sarees, as the material is very fine to work on. As the stitching can be time consuming, these items are not mass-produced, Aasha added.

"Plain sarees with frills in contrasting shades of dark and light colours are the current fashion statement and the most popular dresses in Chennai," said Anita Agarwal of Sanskriti designer sarees. Colourful sarees with extensive kundan work would be any woman's choice. The vibrant coloured sarees, especially a combination of red and blue georgette with `butta' work, provided a contrasting choice to a connoisseur.

A collection of masterpieces

A collection of masterpieces  

Tie-and-dye sarees were equally ravishing. The work on these sarees takes at least 20 to 25 days to complete. The perfect blend of kundans and sequences can bring out `glittering' traditional attire that can befit any occasion. "It takes around Rs. 500 just to bring the exact colour combination and dye. There is only a single piece available in each pattern. Those with a variety of prints on a single saree are the most sought after by clients," added Anita.

Cozy quilts from Hyderabad, and simple formal wear ready-made salwar suits were also available in plenty. As for those looking for interior decors to give a classy look to their domiciles, there was one stall, which had on display a few exceptional pieces of wooden carvings, curios and toiletries. Standing magnificently on the shelves were terracotta pieces that could have charmed even an architect.

Wooden coasters with copper and brass slates etched with different patterns, exquisite tea trays, made of rosewood and beach wood were some of the best among the pick. There were wooden teapoys with Spanish tiles in the centre to add elegance to your living space. For those with an imaginative bent of mind, the art gallery was a repertoire of mind-boggling masterpieces from Somesh Kumar of SAS Artefacts. Most of these paintings were similar to the expensive oil works that deck the ramparts of big hotels and offices.

Landscape paintings, reproduced from Easwaran's paintings (a renowned painter from Chennai), won appreciative glances from visitors. However, the best among the pick was a painting titled `Arabian roaming eyes', a still life that found expression on velvet cloth.

By Vidyashree Amaresh

Photos: K. Ananthan