MOTHER-daughter duo, Padmini and Kavya Chandra, is bringing down a special trunk show of saris, fabrics, ethnic and contemporary ensembles from their Bengaluru-based design house, Soulful Hues. Started by Padmini (52) over two decades ago, the studio received a
fresh design perspective with daughter Kavya (30) joining the team in 2012, bringing some quirky interpretations in ethnic ensembles.
The starting point
a�?I started this business with two tailors, an embroiderer and a pattern-maker in 1993, making custom-made clothes for women in Bengaluru out of a small unit in Domlur,a�? reminisces Padmini, the textile aficionado who has a 3,000 square feet studio, including a fabric section and 19 workers in the team. With their bridal and ethnic ensembles sought after by fashion-forward Bangaloreans, the studio has regular trunk shows across the country.
Besides fabrics from Benaras and Lucknow, one can expect beautiful hand-woven chanderi and Kota materials. a�?We work closely with weavers and karigars from all over the country to get limited-edition pieces for our studio,a�? adds Kavya, an MBA graduate. Exquisite handiwork like gota, patti and zardosi by their in-house karigars and the rich pinks and blues add a celebratory touch. The festive tomato-red Benares lehenga is bound to be a hit, as will the two-toned chanderi saris and shaded Kota silk saris. On March 11 and 12. At College Road. Rs 3,000 to Rs 25,000. Details: 9980039833
a�� Shibi Kumaramangalam