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    A quaint
    boutique brings Indian textiles to the forefront

    in the picturesque setting of Lake View Farm on Varthur Road, Timri is an idyllic boutique, great for some leisurely shopping. A unique concept, the farm houses a cafe, home decor stores, a skin clinic, activity centre and tea store, apart from Timri. Started by Kusum Rohra, previously an IT professional, the boutique stocks a range of dresses, trousers, tops and more, made from Indian hand-woven textiles. “I am an obsessive shopaholic and have always had a reputation as the go-to personal shopper,” reveals

    0105BuyLead5Rohra, adding, “I always wanted to set up a boutique and when I chanced upon this space, I knew this was it.”
    Rooted in tradition
    A sunny yellow exterior welcomes you into a minimalistic space with simple racks and vintage mirror frames that double up as jewellery cabinets. “It can be best described as shabby chic,” says Rohra. Currently stocked here are labels like Upasana from Auroville, Delhi-based Fayakun Design Studio and The Stitching Project from Pushkar. Upasana is known for their simple garments crafted from traditional Indian textiles, including stoles, kurtas and maxi skirts, while at Fayakun the focus is on tops, dresses and tunics in solid shades. The Stitching Project located in rural Pushkar is a blend of ethnic and contemporary sensibilities with a

    special attention to innovative prints and designs on apparel, home ware and quilts. “Everything in Timri comes from labels that value ethical fashion. I place great emphasis on transparency and that is why I travel to the factories of all the brands I stock,” she shares.
    At the moment, Timri is stocked with a fine selection of ikkat, shibori, mulmul, kalamkari and recycled silk pieces. A repurposed silk sari jacket in rani pink and parrot green with tanka stitches caught our eye, as did a summer appropriate maxi ikkat dress in indigo and off white. In the jewellery cabinets, you will find pieces from Flames of the Forest, specialising in semi precious gemstones set in sterling silver and Lai — known for its quirky pieces in silver.
    Rohra will be setting up a pop up store with a select few ikkat garments at Kitschdii, Indiranagar next weekend, for those whom Varthur Road is quite a distance. Recycled jewellery brand, Silver Nut Tree has also tied up with Timri and releases an exclusive line for the boutique today.
    `500 upwards. At Varthur
    Main Road, Siddapura.
    Details: 96112 55663

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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