To accommodate its ever-increasing clientele, the HandsOfIndia (HOI) exhibition has decided to spread its wings to Whitefield for the first time, opening on Saturday.
In this edition, HOI will bring the works of 35 weavers and hand-embroidery groups from all over India. It includes not only quintessential Indian wear, but also ready-to-wear contemporary apparel, featuring tunics, tops, trousers, palazzos, skirts, jackets and dresses done in ikat.
Malyada Goverdhan, one of the founders of HOI, took us through the Indian weaves that are up for grabs. “In handwoven saris, you can find embroidered pieces across Mangalgiri, ikat, donguria, Maheshwari, Chanderi and phulia. We will also have hand-printed single count mul-mul saris (`1,590). If you want contemporary patterns, go for colour-blocked cotton phulia tussar saris from West Bengal.”
They will showcase two new collections — Chanderi, and handwoven Chettinad cotton saris — in this edition, as well a special range of vintage Chanderi silk saris. “This Chanderi silk line is our most involved work, featuring the extinct ‘ek-naali’ work from Chanderi. Ek-naali is similar to the art of meena work done on jewellery. These saris have been revived from 100-year-old sample pieces that we collected from a temple in Vrindavan, and took us more than a year to complete. These 10 saris range from `10,000 to `17,000.”
The exhibitions will also display handwoven kurtis, kurtas, suit sets, salwars, patialas and dupattas (in chikankari, kantha, phulkari, pattiwork and aari).
March 4-6 (The Whitefield Club, 9.30 am); March 11-15 (Lady Jehangir Memorial Hall, 9.30 am). Details: 9845227919
— Team Indulge