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From stripes and checks to textured and floral prints, The Fabric Souk, launched around six months ago, offers more than 60 different colours and varieties of linen fabric. Their yarn caught our attention as it comes all the way from Ireland (made of the flax plant grown there and in some other parts of Europe), and is manufactured in Kochi by an Irish company called Club Burgoyne, which set base in our country a few years ago. “Irish linen is eco-friendly and extremely durable. The slubs of the fabric is so fine and the finish so good that people are surprised and ask us if it is actually linen,” says Nisha Lunia, who runs the store along with her sister Namrata Lunia.

Options unlimited
Sporting a rustic, old world look—with brass cots and wooden cupboards—the store on Harrington Road offers 10 different shades for each colour in weaves like herring bone and twill. “Women can get tunics, kurtis, tops and churidars, and for men, shirts, jackets and trousers can be made,” Namrata informs, adding that fabrics with matte textures are fast sellers. Ask them about the difference between regular and Irish linen and Nisha explains, “I find other linen slightly coarser. And from the time we were introduced to Irish linen two years ago, we have stopped using all other linen.”

In the genes
Belonging to a family that’s been into the textile business for the last 80 years, the sisters were headed into the fabric business even as Namrata acquired a B-com degree and  Nisha opted for a one year certificate course in fashion design at NIFT in 2001—just to understand fabrics better. Following a predictable course, Nisha worked with their father and gained enough experience to start the business. The sisters also plan to add a tailoring unit soon. Fabric per metre from `650. Details: 28362328

— Sharmistha Maji

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