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    Khadi meets high fashion, as designers take the handwoven route

    Stepping away from its utilitarian origins, India’s freedom fabric is fast becoming the top choice for both homegrown designers and international brands. Versatile, resilient and practical, its comeback spans the fashion spectrum. Kick back in limited edition jeans, accessorise with colourful stoles or cotton jewellery, and dress in classic silhouettes and saris.

    By Maegan Dobson Sippy


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    Whole Nine Yards 
    For everyday saris, you can’t do  better than the collection by Rema Kumar. The fabric is sourced from Pomduru, a village in Andhra Pradesh famed for its high quality khadi. Bold, contrasting colours and understated design make these wardrobe staples. Rs. 4,500. At Shahpurjat, Delhi. Details: 011 41751846

     


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    Classic casual
    Launched to celebrate Independence Day, the limited-edition Levis khadi collection includes their signature five pocket jeans, as well as classically cut jackets and shirts. We love the versatile ‘trucker’  jacket, which is softer and lighter than the regular denim edition. Perfect for a casual day out. `5000 upwards. At the Levis store, Indiranagar. Details: 41122618

     

     

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    In blue
    The Arvind Denim India Made  project has provided natural indigo  dyed khadi fabric for designers including Rajesh Pratap Singh and Himanshu Shani. Comfortable and soft, their denim has one up on your regular jeans as it’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. At Rajesh Pratap Singh, Emporio Mall, New  Delhi. Details: 011 46060959

     

     

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    Western Touch
    Part of the new Fabels range,  FabIndia’s take on contemporary western wear, this chic fitted blazer has been hand block printed and embroidered. Ideal for the weekend when  coupled with a pair of fitted jeans and ballet pumps. Rs. 5,890. At Garuda Mall, Magrath Road. Details: 32922335

     

     

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    Say it with elegance 
    This trapeze khadi dress is a showstopper, and the perfect transition from day to evening wear. Simple lines create an elegant silhouette while dabka and chikan embroidery add a subtle ethnic touch. Rashmi Varma’s brand is known for effortlessly combining traditional and contemporary influences, and we can’t wait for the launch of the autumn winter collection later this month. `18,000. At Meherchand Market, Delhi. Details:  011 49050832

     

     

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    Namma style
    Headed by Bangalore-based  designers Chandrashekar and Ravi  Kiran, Metaphor Racha is fast acquiring a devoted following. The range includes  saris, dupattas and even home furnishings, with every item using handwoven khadi  produced in Karnataka. With distinctive block prints and contrasting colour palettes, the stoles are perfect for adding a splash of  style to an understated outfit. Rs. 1,000  upwards. At House of Taamara, Indiranagar. Details: 41607288

     

     

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    Upcycled art
    Founded by NYC costume designer Ondi McMaster-Chullil, the AtelierOM collection fuses high design and handicraft. We love the sophisticated block-printed jumpsuits, and also can’t resist this stylish cotton necklace, made from offcuts of their khadi fabrics. Perfect to go with a beachy kaftan for an offshore party. At Paperboat Collective, Sangolda, Goa. Details: 832 6521248

     

     

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    Fruit of the Loom
    A designer working only with handloom textiles, Ghanshyam Sarode’s saris incorporate traditional crafts and are famed for the intricacy of their weaves. This one takes over 50 days to create, and is a work of art in its own right. Rs. 55,000. At Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Details: 040 27425666

     

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